On Nov. 8, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published its annual Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report.
Focusing on Workplace Safety
The report, which highlights injury reporting for several key industries — including manufacturing, social assistance, administrative services, and hospitals — states there were “approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017”.
This is a good sign that employers nationwide are implementing safety measures, risk management strategies and empowering employees, as there were 45,800 fewer non-fatal injuries reported than in 2016.
The number of non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses reported annually has continued to decline since 2004, with only one year not following this trend.
Successful Risk Management
A successful effort to reduce on-the-job injuries should also include back-to-work programs. Currently the report shows that nearly one-third of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work. Of the 2.8 million occupational injuries and illnesses reported by private employers in 2017, a total of 882,730 resulted in time away from work, a rate essentially unchanged from the previous year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish its statistics on fatal work-related injury and illnesses cases in December.
For information on how effective your safety and back-to-work programs are in comparison to your industry standards, contact a Cornerstone risk management consultant. We can help analyze your organization’s data and build out a customized risk management program to reduce injuries and improve employee engagement in safety.
You can also view our webinar on Creating a Culture of Safety for additional information on workplace safety programs. As a leading risk management company, we have all the information and advice you need to begin lowering your company's risk.