On Dec. 4, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that more than 3 million workers became ill or were injured in the private sector in 2013. This figure, which is fewer than that recorded in 2012, was reported from employers in the private industries through the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Employees in Alabama might be surprised that the number of illness and injury cases in this industry is fewer than those reported in combined government industries.
The number of total private industry cases in 2013 meant that 3.3 cases of every 100 full-time employees suffered occupational illnesses and injuries. This followed the downward trend of the previous 11 years, except for 2012. Along with the decline in total cases, there was a reduction in the rate of serious cases that involved workers taking time off work, being restricted in their work or transferring jobs, which represented the first decrease since 2009.