The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its findings on nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses as reported by private industry employers in 2017 on Thursday, November 8.
According to the report, approximately 2.8 million workers were injured or fell sick due to workplace incidents, almost 45,800 fewer injuries and illnesses from the year before. However, the number of injuries and illnesses that resulted in workers missing work remained the same as the year before – that number did not decrease the year before that either and remained at the previous level from 2001 through 2014.
According to the report, an estimated 882,730 injuries and illnesses in 2017 fell in this category, including 97,990 caused by lifting or lowering objects and 136,510 caused by being struck by falling objects or equipment. Workers missed an average of eight days after being injured or falling ill from work-related incidents, and the report noted that four groups accounted for more than two-thirds of these types of incidents:
- 12,140 assemblers and fabricators missed work after being injured or falling ill
- 15,260 material moving workers missed work after being injured or falling ill
- 19,610 metal and plastic workers missed work after being injured or falling ill
- 30,210 other production workers missed work after being injured or falling ill
Overall, the total number of incidents on worksites resulting in injuries and/or illnesses continues to decline year over year (PDF). However, until that number finally hits zero, it will still be too high. If you were seriously injured on the job, our New York City construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you need to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us at (212) 577-9325, or set up a free evaluation through our online form here.