State’s Injury and Illness Rate Improved In 2020

Initial estimates from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) indicate that California employers across nearly every industry group showed sharp reductions in the rate and the overall number of workplace injuries last year. The major exception is the state’s healthcare industry which was on the front lines throughout the pandemic from China. … Read More »

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Workplace Fatalities On The Upswing In California

New data from the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that California’s workplace fatality statistics are headed in the wrong direction. The state once again reported the highest number of workplace fatalities in over a decade, with fatalities up 20% over the last two years. California reported 422 workplace fatalities in 2018, and that … Read More »

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DIR Says State’s Injury And Illness Rate Held Steady In 2019

California’s number of workplace injuries and illnesses last year grew at twice the rate of the expansion of the state’s labor force, but the overall rate per 100 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) was steady, according to new data from the Department of Industrial Relations. The agency estimates that injuries and illnesses in the state were … Read More »

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Sharp Increase in Workplace Fatalities

California employers reported a sharp increase in workplace fatalities, with deaths reaching their highest point in more than a decade. Overall, the state reports that 422 workers died on the job in 2018 – a 12% increase from the prior year and the highest recorded total since 2008 when 465 workers perished. California’s fatality rate, … Read More »

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State’s Injury and Illness Rate Holding Steady, DIR Reports

By Kevin Thompson California employers continue to add workers, but they are holding the line on injuries. What do the latest statistics have to say about how the state is doing compared to other states? Get the latest details here. California’s employment continues to grow, but, according to estimates by the Department of Industrial Relations, … Read More »

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California Employment Up What’s with the Injury Rate?

Illnesses, but injuries in some high-risk/high-rate sectors are on the rise. Notably, the construction industry saw 4,500 more recordable cases last year and an I&I rate that climbed from 3.8 to 4.3. The 17% increase in recordable cases was the largest increase for any industry sector – public or private. The construction industry was one … Read More »

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470,000 CA Workplace Injuries for 2015

California’s nonfatal workplace injury and illness rate appears to have held steady in 2015 at 3.8 cases reported per 100 full-time workers say state officials. The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) shows that the rate is at its lowest point in nearly 15 years. … Read More »

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Marijuana Likely To Increase Workers’ Comp Costs

California voters in November will likely be facing a ballot proposition that is raising concerns for employers – a proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The concern is that more widespread use will increase safety risks in the workplace and on the roads where the most serious workers’ comp claims occur. A recent … Read More »

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