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January 19, 2023

CT’s rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses above national average

Contributed A chart shows a comparison of the rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in each U.S. state in 2021.

Private employers in Connecticut reported 32,700 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021, a rate of about three cases per 100 full-time workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state’s injury rate, which was unchanged from 2020, was three-tenths of a percentage point greater than the national average of 2.7. The BLS reported the data Wednesday.

Of the total incidents in Connecticut, 21,700 were considered “severe,” requiring days away from work, job transfer or restriction.

Connecticut’s state and local government sector had a higher rate of injury and illnesses among workers, with 7,100 cases, or a rate of 5.2.

Nationally, private employers reported 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021, a decrease of 1.8% from 2020, according to the BLS.

The number of employer-reported illness cases declined significantly, with 365,200 nonfatal illnesses in 2021, down from 544,600 in 2020, driven by a 37.1% decrease in respiratory illness cases.

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Economic Digest, a monthly joint publication from the state Department of Labor and Department of Economic and Community Development, said that 23 people died via injuries at work in 2021, a rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. That rate was among the lowest in the nation.

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