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Date:December 30, 2008
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Occupational Injury and Illness Rates Lowest in Six Years
Louisiana, nation both see steady decline since 2002

BATON ROUGE – The rate of work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana is at an all-time low since the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration revised its recordkeeping rules in 2002.

Results of the most recent Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses show Louisiana with a private industry incidence rate of 2.9 per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2007, down from the 2006 rate of 3.0 and the 2002 rate of 3.8.

Louisiana industries also continue to beat the national rates of job-related injuries and illnesses. The national rate for 2007 was 4.2, down from 4.4 in 2006 and 5.3 in 2002.

Louisiana’s incidence rate in manufacturing fell to 3.8 in 2007 from 4.4 in 2003. The national rate in 2007 was 5.6, down from 6.8 in 2003.

Private industry occupations in Louisiana with the most injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work have been heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants, and laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand. Most injuries that required days away from work involved sprains and strains.

Additional state and national data is available at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site in the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities section at www.bls.gov/iif.

For more information, call the Louisiana Workforce Commission press office at 225-342-3035.

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