BLS Reports Private-Industry Recordable Case Rate Declined Slightly in 2017

The 2017 rate of total recordable cases was 2.8 per 100 FTE workers, down from 2.9 the year before.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics last week published its first of two releases on 2017 occupational safety and health statistics. In the first one, BLS reported there were about 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry during 2017, with 882,730 of them resulting in days away from work -- a number that was basically unchanged from 2016, according to the release.

The 2017 rate of total recordable cases improved slightly. In 2017, it was 2.8 cases per 100 FTE workers, down from 2.9 the year before.

Among the 19 private industry sectors, only manufacturing and finance and insurance experienced statistically significant changes in their overall rates of non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2017, with both declining by 0.1 cases per 100 FTE workers.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 34 percent of the days away from work cases in manufacturing during 2017, with a rate of 31.4 cases per 10,000 FTE workers -- an improvement from 2016's rate of 32.9.

Hospitals recorded 51,380 days away from work cases for an incidence rate of 129.8 cases per 10,000 FTE workers, also an improvement from 2016's raate of 134.3. Incidence rates for days away from work cases attributed to overexertion/bodily reaction and same-level falls decreased, according to the release.

The second release will be published in December 2018 and will provide results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for all fatal work injuries in the United States during 2017.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue