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Workplace injuries decrease, but healthcare injury rates still too high

Workplace injuries and illnesses are down from last year, but the rates in some sectors such as healthcare and social assistance remain alarmingly high.

When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced [1] on October 18 that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses have declined in 2010, 3.1 million injuries and illnesses compared to 3.3 million in 2009, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis praised “the joint effort of government, business, unions and other organizations, according to a Department of Labor announcement [2].

She cautioned, however, that the rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers was still too high with some sectors having even higher rates.

“We remain concerned that more workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than in any other, including construction and manufacturing, and this group of workers had one of the highest rates of injuries and illness at 5.2 cases for every 100 workers. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to work with employers, workers and unions in this industry to reduce these risks.” she said.