Rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses continues to decline

December 17, 1999

Last year, the incidence rate for injuries and illnesses in private industry workplaces was 6.7 cases per 100 full-time workers, down from 7.1 in 1997. The decline marked the sixth year in a row that the incidence rate fell.

Incidence rate for workplace injuries and illnesses, private industry, 1990-98
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The incidence rate was 8.9 cases per 100 full-time workers in 1992, so the rate has dropped by 25 percent in six years. The rate for 1998 was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began reporting this information in the early 1970s.

Totally there were 5.9 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Most of these cases were injuries—there were 5.5 million injuries and 392,000 illnesses in 1998.

The BLS Safety and Health Statistics Program produced these data. Find more information on occupational injuries and illnesses in 1998 in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 1998 news release USDL 99-358.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses continues to decline on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/dec/wk2/art05.htm (visited September 27, 2016).


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