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Rate decline significantly and reported injuries continue at recorded low.


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Rate decline significantly and reported injuries continue at recorded low.
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Workplace Injury and Illness Rates Continue To Decline Significantly

Workplace Injury and Illness Rates Continue To Decline Significantly | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry declined in 2007 for the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported late last week. Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers declined from 4.4 cases per 100 workers in 2006 to 4.2 cases in 2007.

“The 21% decline in the workplace injury and illness rate over the past six years and a 4.5% decline over the past year show the effectiveness of the strategy of targeted enforcement coupled with prevention through compliance assistance to promote a culture of safety at the workplace,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. said, “Today’s injury and illness results demonstrate that OSHA’s balanced approach to workplace safety encompassing education, training, information sharing, inspection, regulation, and aggressive enforcement is achieving significant reductions in workplace injury and illness throughout the country. This report shows that employees are now safer in the workplace than ever before. This success validates our efforts, and we are redoubling this commitment to make workplaces even safer.”

OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, having conducted more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.

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  1. As demonstrated in this article, when managers implement strategies to effectively change the safety culture of a workplace, workers will respond and a safety attitude will be adopted. When workers feel they have a personal stake in the safety of the workplace, they become a part of a workplace safety culture. Organizations with safety cultures can successfully and permanently reduce costs associated to workplace illnesses and injuries. To find out more on how to make your workplace safety program a success, please visit:

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