The results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses has been released.
The report shows that private industry employers reported almost 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014. The total recordable cases incidence rate declined with 0.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. Rates for cases involving days away from work as well as cases for job transfer or restriction only were unchanged.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Dr David Michaels reminded businesses and workers to continue to prioritize safety and health in the workplaces.
“Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that too many workers are still being injured or sickened on the job. Every year, millions of workers are injured at work and that is simply unacceptable. We must redouble our efforts to make sure that employers provide workers with the protections and training they deserve,” said Dr Michaels.
“Workplace injuries and illnesses have a devastating effect on workers, their families, and the business where they occur. These injuries and illnesses contribute to the pressing issue of income inequality:they force working families out of the middle class and into poverty, and heep the families of lower-wage workers from entering the middle class and achieving the American Dream.
“Everyone benefits when there are fewer injuries and illnesses. OSHA is committed to continue increased efforts to ensure every employer is fulfilling its responsibility to protect the safety and health of its workers.”