Rate of Nonfatal Work Injuries and Illnesses in California Remains Stable

Nov 8 2016 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently posted California’s 2015 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries.

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California’s rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains low.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains at the lowest rate in more than a decade (3.8 cases per 100 equivalent full-time employees). This was the same rate as 2014.

Approximately 470,600 nonfatal reportable job related injuries and illnesses occurred in California in 2015, with 77 percent occurring in private industry and 23 percent in state and local government sectors.

Nationwide, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015 (3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers).  This nationwide rate continues a pattern of declines that has occurred for more than a decade.

On a national level, private industry employers reported nearly 48,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2015 compared to a year earlier, according to BLS estimates.

Fatal occupational injury data has yet to be released.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

For more information on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs in California, CalChamber members can visit the HR Library’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program page. Not a member? Learn more about how CalChamber can help you.

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