DLI releases 2018 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

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HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today released the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Employers in Montana reported a total of 14,100 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injuries and illnesses in 2018, with 11,900 of those injuries in the private industry. Of those private industry injuries and illnesses, 5,700 were serious enough to require recuperation away from work, a transfer from or restricted duties at work, or both.

The survey found that private industry workplaces in Montana reported a rate of 3.9 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2018. An incident rate of 4.3 cases per hundred full-time workers was recorded in 2017.

DLI’s Data Management Section conducts the annual survey in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Participating employers maintain injury and illness recordkeeping forms, which are then analyzed to determine incidence rates of workplace injuries and illnesses experience by year. Injuries and illnesses are reported when they result in lost work time, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or require a transfer to another job.

Montana’s incidence rate of injuries and illnesses varied by major industry sector in 2018. The industries with the highest incidence rates per 100 full-time workers were manufacturing at 5.5, transportation and warehousing with 5.0, and construction and health care and social assistance with 4.9. The industries with lower incidence rates were finance and insurance with 0.9 incidence rates per 100 full-time workers and professional, scientific and technical services with 1.2.

Two industries saw significance differences in incidence rates from last year. The retail trade industry significantly decreased from 5.3 in 2017 to 4.4 in 2018. The real estate rental and leasing industry significantly increased from 1.1 in 2017 to 3.1 in 2018. 

The entire 2018 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses publication can be viewed at http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-claims/soii.

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