Posted on November 14, 2016
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report showing that recordable workplace injuries dropped again in 2015. This has been a continuing trend for the past 13 years except in 2012 when the number of recordable injuries went almost unchanged.
Employers in private industry reported 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015. This is a drop of about 48,000 from 2014. The rate of cases recorded per 100 full-time workers was 3.0 in 2015, down from 3.2 in 2014. Below is a statement from Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Dr. David Michaels:
"We are encouraged to see the significant decline in worker injury and illness rates. This is the result of the relentless efforts of employers, unions, worker advocates, occupational safety and health professionals, and federal and state government agencies ensuring that worker safety and health remains a top priority every day.
"Despite the decline, approximately 2.9 million private sector workers suffered nonfatal injuries and illnesses last year. That is still far too many. At OSHA, we will continue to do all that we can to continue driving the rate down."
As Dr. Michaels stated perfectly, the rate of recordable injuries is on a decline but there is still plenty of work to do. Through proper safety training, we must continue to strive for less workplace injuries and illnesses on a regular basis to ensure the safety and health of all employees. At Mancomm, we do our best to make this possible by creating products that are easy-to-use allowing trainees to retain the most information. We appreciate trainers' important role in the improving safety trends and we continue to encourage trainees to follow safety standards and procedures so that, together, we can eliminate workplace injuries.