As we close out the calendar year of 2017, let’s take a look back at important statistics that were recently released… regarding workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BSL), there were approximately three million nonfatal injuries and illnesses that occurred at workplaces last year. Although this number may sound extremely high, it was actually around 50,000 fewer cases than the previous year of 2015. In fact, only one industry sector, finance and insurance, experienced an increased rate of injuries or illnesses throughout 2016.
Construction Industry Experiences Significant Improvement
There were four private industry sectors that experienced significant reductions in the total number of workers injured on the job in 2016. The construction industry, along with manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail trade, experienced one of the best reduced rates of work-related injuries and illnesses in 2016.
Construction Shows Impressive Long-Term Reduction in Injuries
Although construction is still one of the leading private industry sectors regarding workplace accidents, the industry has shown significant improvement in the reduction of on-the-job injuries and illnesses over the last 14 years. According to BSL, in 2003, injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of approximately 7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers in construction. By 2016, the construction industry has experienced a steady decline to the present rate of approximately 3.5 or less percent of cases per 100 workers. In other words, over the last 14 years, the construction industry has experienced approximately 50 percent fewer workplace injuries and illnesses than it had experienced in 2003.
Although these statistics are encouraging for the construction industry, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations for failing to meet safety compliance standards remains to be a prevalent issue for contractors. If your workplace failed to meet compliance standards and you received a citation, please feel free to contact a Florida OSHA defense attorney today.
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