As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an approximate 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2015; this scenario continued in a pattern of steady decline as it has for the past 13 years.
In fact, private industry reported 48,000 fewer such cases in 2015, averaging about 0.2 cases per 100 full-time workers. Most private sector injuries occurred in service industries.
The numbers were not as favorable in the public sector, which averaged about five cases for every 100 full-time workers. This includes injuries in school systems, hospitals, and emergency services. In addition, local government workers suffer from the most injuries and illnesses; state workers have a fairly low rate of injuries and illnesses in comparison.
Many states have rates higher than the national average. Those closest to Oklahoma include Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Nebraska. Some states in our region also have rates lower than the national average, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Unfortunately, no state rate is available for Oklahoma or eight other states.
It is worth nothing that more than half nonfatal injury cases involved days away from work, job transfers, or job restrictions, which typically are harder to qualify for compensation under workers’ compensation laws. Often, employers miscalculate "days away from work," and frequently, they do not fully understand job restriction transfer scenarios. For these reasons, statistics may not be accurate.
If you have questions about an on-the-job injury or a potential workers' compensation claim, call Armstrong & Vaught today at 918-582-2500, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.