Massachusetts Work Injury Rate Lower Than National Average

The Worcester Business Journal reports that according to a state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety survey, Massachusetts’ rate of work-related injuries and illnesses for 2007 was lower than the national average and the lowest in New England.

Massachusetts reported four injuries or illnesses per 100 full time workers, compared to the national incidence of 4.2 cases per 100 full time workers. That rate includes the nearly 90,000 non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported among Massachusetts’ 2.8 million private-sector workers.

The highest rate of injury (6.1 per 100 workers) occurred in construction workers, while workers in the financial services experienced the lowest rate (1.3 per 100 workers).

Work Relatively Safe In Massachusetts, Worcester Business Journal, December 18, 2008
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