December 28, 2018

CT's workplace injuries above average

Connecticut's government and private sector workers got injured and sick more frequently in 2017 than in many other states.

While the number of private employer-reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses did not change between 2016 and 2017, the state has a higher incidence rate than the national average, federal labor officials said Friday.

Private-sector companies here reported 37,600 such ailments last year, which amounted to 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers, compared to a U.S. average of 2.8, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Connecticut wasn't alone, as 19 other states had incidence rates statistically higher than the private-sector national average. The worst was Maine, at a rate of 4.8 cases per 100 workers, followed by Vermont, with a rate of 4.6, BLS said.

Meanwhile, Connecticut also had above-average injury and illness rates among its state and local government employees last year.

There were 8,900 cases reported, or 6.2 cases per 100 workers, compared with a national rate of 4.6. About three-quarters of Connecticut's government cases occurred at the municipal level, according to BLS.

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