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Workplace Injuries Decline in 2007, Bureau of Labor Statistics Says

Officials say the decline was largely due to workplace safety education, training and enforcement of guidelines.

October 27, 2008
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The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry declined for the sixth straight year in 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday, October 23.

The bureau said the number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private employers declined from 4.4 cases per 100 workers in 2006 to 4.2 cases in 2007.

Edwin Foulke, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and Elaine Chao, secretary of labor, said the decline was largely due to workplace safety education, training and enforcement of guidelines.

Filed by Jeff Casale of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.

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