As has been the general trend lately, the U.S. saw a drop in workplace injuries/illnesses last year. This is what recent federal data points to.
The data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to these statistics, in 2017, the nation’s nonfatal workplace injury and illness rate for the private sector was 2.8 cases for every 100 full-time workers. In comparison, the rate was 2.9 cases per 100 workers in 2016.
This is another step in the relatively steady downward path the nation’s private sector work injury/illness rate has been on for some time now. Since 2003, there has only one year in which this rate hasn’t dropped.
What do you think is behind this steady decrease in the U.S.? Do you think safety in U.S. workplaces has seen big improvements in recent years? What do you think are some of the most positive recent work safety trends here in New York?
It is important to note though that, even with these steady drops, the U.S. continues to see millions of harmful workplace incidents a year. In 2017, there were around 2.8 million reported work injuries/illnesses. So, workplace accidents remain a major presence in the nation.
Workplace injuries can happen under all different kinds of circumstances. The specific circumstances of a work accident can affect many things. This includes what legal options are available to the worker injured in the accident. In some instances, legal claims beyond workers’ compensation could be pursued. Such claims are generally referred to as third-party injury claims. Injured workers can go to experienced personal injury attorneys for assessments of whether there may be grounds for a third-party claim when it comes to their injury.