Indiana’s workplace injury/illness rate is lowest in state history

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – The Indiana Department of Labor announced Thursday that workplace injuries and illnesses were at the lowest rate in state history in 2018.

In the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Indiana’s 2018 nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate decreased almost 6% from 2017’s previous historic low.

The rate is now at 3.3 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers compared to 2017’s rate of 3.5.

In 1994, the rate was 11.3.

“Workplace health and safety has been improving steadily in Indiana for over the past 25 years, and continues to improve,” said Rick Ruble, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor. “Indiana has 86 companies in the state’s Voluntary Protection Program, and 41 companies in the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. These companies have made a vested commitment to improving worker safety and health. It’s this kind of commitment that has enabled Indiana to reduce nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses year over year.”

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(This story was originally published on November 7, 2019)

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