2017 record low year for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet have received recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in more than two decades.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for all industries dropped to 3.3 cases per 100 full-time employees in 2017 a decrease from the previous rate of 3.4 in 2016 and the rate of 3.7 in 2015. This marks the lowest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in Kentucky since BLS began tracking this data in 1996. Additionally, BLS reported that 70 work-related fatalities occurred in Kentucky in 2017, a decrease from the 92 work-related fatalities reported in 2016.

Additional information is available athttp://labor.kentucky.gov.

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