The number of people injured working in the state’s growing logistics sector continues to grow, according to the most recent data from the Indiana Department of Labor.
However, the overall number of workers who get hurt on the job, no matter the industry, remains at an eight-year low.
The state labor department has released the results of the 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which is the most recent year to be analyzed.
Indiana’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness measured a rate of 3.3 per 100 full-time workers, tied with the 2018 reading.
The agency says the number of injuries in warehouse work climbed three-tenths of a percent from the previous year, measuring 4.7 per 100 workers. The segment is tied with a consolidated category, including agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.
Those industries are the highest of the ten categories measured by the state.
Overall, the injury and illness rate has decreased by 71% since the all-time high of 11.3 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 1994.
“Indiana has a strong culture of workplace safety and health,” said Commissioner of Labor Joe Hoage. “The state’s occupational injury and illness rate remains at the historic low because of Hoosier employers prioritizing worker wellbeing. The entire state benefits from proactive safety and health in the workplace, and we must maintain due diligence.”
The BLS estimates that approximately 82,900 Hoosier workers experienced a nonfatal OSHA-recordable injury or illness in 2019.
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