Volume 35, Number 3, March 2000


Incidents of Workplace Injury
and Illness Drop Four Percent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, has released its annual survey of illnesses and injuries reported in private industry. Overall, 5.9 million cases were reported in 1998, reflecting a 4 percent drop in cases from 1997. The rate for 1998 was the lowest since the BLS began reporting this information in the early 1970s.

Of the total reported, 5.5 million were injuries and 392,000 were newly reported cases of occupational illnesses. Injuries were generally more prevalent in mid-size businesses, those with 50 to 249 workers, than in smaller or larger establishments. Illnesses occurred more often in manufacturing businesses and included such disorders as carpal tunnel syndrome, trauma, and noise-induced
hearing loss.

The annual survey collects data from about 169,000 private industry establishments. The survey measures nonfatal injuries and illnesses only.

Guide to Government Safety Agencies on the Internet

www.bls.gov  Bureau of Labor Statistics

www.dot.gov    Department of Transportation

www.epa.gov   Environmental Protection Agency

www.msha.gov   Mine Safety and Health Administration

www.cdc.gov/niosh/home-page.html    National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

www.osha.gov   Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 Source: The Subcontractor, ASA newsletter Dec/Jan 2000


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