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Worker injury, illness rate continues to decline in California

By Mark Glover

mglover@sacbee.com

November 16, 2017 11:33 AM

The state Department of Industrial Relations says California’s overall incidence rate of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses fell to 3.7 cases per 100 workers for full-time employees in 2016.

That was down from 3.8 in both 2013 and 2014. The injury/illness rate has been in decline since 2002, when there were an estimated six cases per 100 workers.

DIR said the data is based on employer-reported injuries/illnesses, with corresponding estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

The estimates show there were approximately 466,600 non-fatal, reportable job-related injuries and illnesses statewide in 2016, with 78 percent occurring in private industry and 22 percent in state and local government sectors.

The statewide all-industry rate of “lost time” cases – defined in the report as “days away from work, job transfer or restriction” – was 2.2 cases per 100 full-time workers. That rate has remained unchanged over the past four years.

The report said the building/grounds cleaning and maintenance sector had the highest rate of days away from work in 2016, with 284.2 cases per 10,000 workers. That was followed by installation, maintenance and repair (251.9) and construction (242.7).

Computer and mathematical occupations had the lowest rate, at 5.2 cases per 10,000 workers.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover