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California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries and Illnesses Remain Stable

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently posted California’s 2017 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and reported by the DIR in late November, California had 466,600 nonfatal occupational injuries in 2017, a number stable from the prior year.

Of the 466,600 nonfatal reportable job-related injuries and illnesses in 2017, 78% occurred in private industry and 22% in state and local government sectors. Both the statewide all-industry count of “lost time” cases (referred to in the survey as “days away from work, job transfer or restriction” or DART cases) and the number of “days away from work” cases (DAFW) remained steady from 2016.

Ranked by occupation, construction had the second highest days away from work (DAFW) rates in California in 2017, at 246 cases per 10,000 workers. Cleaning and maintenance workers reported the highest level, at 311 cases per 10,000 workers, and transportation came in third at 225 cases per 10,000.

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