(INDIANAPOLIS) – The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today in its latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses that Indiana’s 2018 nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate is the lowest in state history — with an almost 6% decrease from 2017’s previous historic low.
The latest data (2018), according to the report, shows Indiana’s rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illness is estimated at 3.3 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers, compared to 2017’s rate of 3.5. From a program high of 11.3 in 1994, Indiana’s rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses has decreased by 71%.
“Workplace health and safety has been improving steadily in Indiana for over the past 25 years, and continues to improve,” said Rick Ruble, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor. “Indiana has 86 companies in the state’s Voluntary Protection Program, and 41 companies in the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. These companies have made a vested commitment to improving worker safety and health. It’s this kind of commitment that has enabled Indiana to reduce nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses year over year.”
The SOII measures incidents of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses on an annual basis.
The report also showed that the Hoosier agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry experienced a 32.1% decrease from a rate of 5.3 in 2017 to a rate of 3.6 in 2018 – the highest percentage of decrease in any industry.
After remaining steady with a nonfatal injury and illness rate of 5.2 in 2016 and 2017, local government also experienced an 11.5% decrease to 4.6 in 2018.
Arts, entertainment and recreation experienced the highest nonfatal injury and illness rate in 2018 with 5.7 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers 2018 – a 14% increase from a rate of 5.0 in 2017. The construction industry remained unchanged from 2017 with a rate of 2.6.
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