Workplace Injury Rate Hits Near-Record Low

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The Indiana Department of Labor says the nonfatal workplace injury and illness rate is the second-lowest on record. The state has released its annual report, which uses data from the previous year. Utility industries reported the most significant improvement in 2014.

Injuries and illness in the industry were down 46 percent year-over-year.

Commissioner Rick Ruble says "the low rate of workplace injuries and illnesses is a testament to the dedication Hoosier employers and employees have shown toward workplace safety. We continue to see managers and employees actively taking ownership of their workplace safety and health programs."

The rate was four percent for full-time workers, which ties the mark from 2012. IDOL says mining, administrative and waste services, educational services and finance and insurance sectors also notched decreases. Of the nineteen major industry categories classified by the state, the report suggests eight experienced a reductions.

The data have been tracked since 1992.

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