The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Oct. 20
that there were 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2010--approximately 200,000 fewer incidents than there were in 2009. The rate of injuries and illnesses also dropped in 2010 from the previous year.
In a statement
responding to BLS's findings, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said, "We are encouraged by the reported decline in incidence rates for workplace injuries and illnesses, which is reflective of the joint effort of government, business, unions and other organizations. Nevertheless, 3.1 million injuries and illnesses in the workplace are too high. Serious injuries and illnesses can knock a working family out of the middle class. Workers should not have to sacrifice their health and safety to earn a paycheck."