Posted On: November 25, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

US Department of Labor, Reporting A Decline in Work Injuries and Illnesses in 2007, Credits OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting a decline in the number of work illnesses and injuries that occurred between 2006 and 2007. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Thomas M. Stohler attributes this decline to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s commitment to safety in the workplace.

Stohler says that because of OSHA’s training, educational programs, regulations, data sharing, aggressive enforcement, and cooperative efforts, companies are experiencing 50% less workday injuries, and their illness and injury rates are now 53% lower than the industry’s average.

Also, from 2003 to 2007, the number of illnesses and injuries requiring workers to take time off from work dropped by 11.9%. Last year’s rate was 122/10,000 full-time workers—4% lower than in 2006.

More 2007 Nonfatal Occupational Illness and Injuries Facts:

• There were 44,930 occupational injury and illness cases involving nursing aides, attendants, and orderlies taking time off from work to recover.
• With 79,000 injury and illnesses cases, there were more laborers and material, stock, and freight movers who took time off from work than workers in other industries.
• Strains and sprains were two of the most common occupational injuries.
• There were 11,940 carpal tunnel injury cases last year.
• The human trunk was body part most affected by work injuries.
• Fall accidents continue to be a common cause of work injuries.
• Most fracture cases required workers to take a few weeks off from work.
• Workers age 65 and older tend to take the longest periods of time off from work to recover from occupational injuries.
• Truck drivers, janitors, welders, and construction employee are among the groups of employees with the most nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses.

OSHA Programs Contribute to Reduced Injury and Illness Rates for 2007, Grainnet.com

Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2007, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Related Web Resources:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

If you are an Illinois worker who has sustained a work-related injury, seeking the advice of an experienced Chicago workers' compensation attorney can ensure that you receive all of your compensation benefits. Contact the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, PC today.

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