Montana Workplace Injury and Illness Rates Decline for Third Straight Year

HELENA, Mont.-For the third straight year, Montanans workplace safety has improved and injury and illness rates have declined. The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the Research & Analysis Bureau of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry shows that private industry workplaces in Montana have reported an incidence rate of 4.3 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2015. The 2014 incidence rate was 4.5 cases per hundred full-time workers. The 2013 incidence rate was 4.7 cases per hundred full-time workers.

“Every day the goal of our workforce is to come home safely,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “For the third year in row, that goal is closer to reality. We still have work to do, but through continued education and training, Montana’s workplace are becoming safer.”

Montana’s incidence rate of injuries and illnesses varied by major industry division in 2015. It ranged from a high of 7.0 cases per hundred full-time manufacturing workers to 1.7 cases per hundred full-time finance and insurance workers and professional and business services workers.

The incidence rate for Manufacturing increased to 7.0 in 2015 from 6.4 in 2014. The construction industry also increased, with 6.2 in 2015 compared to 5.3 cases per hundred full-time workers in 2014. Agriculture and mining rates decreased in 2015.

Employers in Montana reported a total of 14,400 injuries and illnesses in 2015 compared to 15,400 injuries and illnesses during 2014. 6,400 of the injuries and illnesses occurring in Montana in 2015 were serious enough to require recuperation away from work, transfer from or restricted duties at work, or both.

The Research & Analysis Bureau of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry conducts the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The survey estimates the number and incidence rates of workplace injuries and illnesses from records kept by private industry employers. These records show the year’s injury and illness experience. Injuries and illnesses are reported when they result in lost work time, medical treatment other than first aid, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or require a transfer to another job.

For more information or a copy of the report please contact the Research & Analysis Bureau at the Montana Department of Labor & Industry at (406) 444-2430.