OSHA's Michaels Welcomes 2015 BLS Report

The report showed a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report on occupational injury and illness data, showing a big drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels released this statement regarding the report:

"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."

According to the report, private industry employers reported about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, a number that is down 48,000 from 2014, despite an increase in hours worked.

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