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BLS Estimates Decline in Private-Industry Rate of Reported Injuries

By Emily Brill (Reporter)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 521 | 0 | 269 min read

Private-industry employers reported nearly 48,500 fewer on-the-job injuries and illnesses in 2016 than they did in 2015, continuing a downward trend that has gone on mostly unabated since 2004, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in a report released Thursday. The BLS' latest report could mean that private-industry workplaces are getting safer — or that fewer employers and workers are reporting injuries, occupational experts say. As regulators cheered the results of the report, the director of a California university's occupational health program said the publ...

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