California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries and Illnesses Remain Stable

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently posted California’s 2017 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), had 466,600 nonfatal occupational injuries in 2017, a number stable from the prior year.

Of the 466,600 nonfatal reportable job-related injuries and illnesses in 2017, 78% occurred in private industry and 22% in state and local government sectors. Both the statewide all-industry count of “lost time” cases (referred to in the survey as “days away from work, job transfer or restriction” or DART cases) and the number of “days away from work” cases (DAFW) remained steady from 2016.

By occupation, DAFW rates were highest in 2017 for cleaning and maintenance workers (311 cases per 10,000 workers), construction (246 cases) and transportation (225 cases).

Fatal occupational injury data has yet to be released.

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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