As a personal injury law firm serving the State of Indiana, it is exciting to see the rate of workplace injuries steadily decreasing. In the last Indiana Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report, released in 2014, the Indiana Department of Labor was able to report that the overall nonfatal injury and illness rate among full-time workers in Indiana “has declined by 64.60% over the last 20 years.”
The decline of workplace injuries over the past several years has been a result of several factors. The overall health and cognizance of employees and employers, health standards and safety awareness programs, and training and education could all play into the decline of workplace injuries. Whatever the leading cause of this decline, we are thankful that the rate has decreased to an average of 4 out of 100 full-time employees experiencing nonfatal injuries.
Based on the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) data, 93,000 Hoosiers, working full-time, experienced work-related injuries and illnesses. These incidents caused medical attention to incur, along with days away from work. The Indiana Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report breaks down the rates of injury and illness by industry. Here’s a couple key statistics mentioned in the report:
- The local government industry achieved the highest nonfatal injury and illness rate in the year 2014. Professions in this industry include, but are not limited to, police officers, fire fighters, correctional officers, judges, healthcare workers, educators, and more.
- The real estate and rental and leasing industry experienced a spike in workplace injuries and illnesses, resulting in medical attention or days away from work. The average nonfatal injury and illness incident count increased from 2.6 to 6.4 injured. This is a 128.57% increase.
- The following industries experienced an increase in the number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses: local government - real estate and rental and leasing - arts, entertainment and recreation - agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting - manufacturing - transportation and warehousing - retail trade - construction - wholesale trade - state government
- The following industries experienced a decrease in the number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses: accommodation and food services - mining - administrative and waste services - educational services - utilities - information - finance and insurance
- The mining industry saw a 15.63% decrease in nonfatal injury and illness rates, achieving the most significant decrease.
Keeping some of these key statistics in mind, it is important to push forward to make the workplace environment more safe for working Hoosiers. The Indiana Department of Labor “continues to pursue its mission to advance safety, health and prosperity in the workplace…”
Though enormous strides have been made, it’s important to remember that Indiana still has a long way to go. Keep in mind that if you experience a workplace injury or illness, causing you to pursue medical attention or absence from work, you could be entitled to a lawyer. Our personal injury law firm in South Bend and Fort Wayne will come alongside you and guide you through the process. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need someone to fight for your workplace injury case.