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For immediate release: February 15, 2015
Ohio workplace injuries and illnesses below national average
2013 survey shows five percent decrease from previous year
Recently released statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in Ohio are below the national average. The 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) found Ohio public and private employers combined for an incidence rate of 3.0 cases per 100 full-time workers compared to the national rate of 3.5. Ohio also saw a five percent drop in total estimated injuries and illnesses with 122,600 recordable cases in 2013 compared to 129,200 cases in 2012.
"There is nothing more important than getting our workers home safe at the end of each day, and Ohio's employers are clearly working hard to provide safer workplaces," said Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "BWC offers a number of safety consulting services, all of which are available to employers at no additional charge. I encourage every employer to learn more about how to protect their employees and keep their workplaces as safe as possible."
The SOII summarizes statistics at both national and state levels and BWC has a cooperative agreement with BLS to administer SOII in Ohio. Each year the BLS selects more than 4,000 private and public employers in Ohio to participate in the survey. Results from the mandatory survey are intended to assist employers in assessing industry trends to address safety issues.
Highlights of the SOII data for Ohio's private and public sectors follows:
Ohio private industry data
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