Decline in injuries and illnesses rates continued in 2006

October 17, 2007

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2006 occurred at a rate of 4.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers—a decline from 4.6 cases in 2005.

Injury and illness rates per 100 equivalent full-time workers, by sector, private industry, 2003-06
[Chart data—TXT]

The rate in 2006 was the lowest since the workplace injuries and illnesses survey was first conducted in 1972.

There were rate declines for injuries and illnesses in both goods-producing and service-providing industries between 2005 and 2006—the rate fell from 6.2 cases per 100 full-time workers to 5.9 cases in goods-producing industries and from 4.1 cases per 100 full-time workers to 3.9 cases in service-providing industries.

Data from the BLS Injuries and Illnesses and Fatalities program provide a wide range of information about workplace injuries and illnesses by industry sector. Additional information is available from "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2006," (PDF) (TXT) news release USDL 07-1562.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Decline in injuries and illnesses rates continued in 2006 on the Internet at (visited September 26, 2016).


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