Statistics and data can tell us a lot of useful information, especially when it comes to matters like workplace safety. Unfortunately, it can take considerable time to compile data at the state or federal levels. Because of this, workplace accident and injury statistics are often a couple years old by the time they are released.
Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2018 workplace injury and fatality data for New Jersey. The data show an increase in worker deaths over the previous year, but an unchanged rate of non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses.
According to the 2018 BLS statistics for New Jersey:
- There were 83 fatal work injuries, largely led by an increase in deaths in the private construction industry
- While workplace fatalities increased from the previous year, it is important to note that 2017 was a record low year for deaths
- The majority of work-related fatalities fell into two categories: falls/slips and trips and transportation accidents
- There were 74,400 non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries, approximately 57 percent of which were serious enough to require days of missed work, work restrictions or job transfers
- The rate of illnesses and injuries among public sector workers (local and state government) was more than twice the rate among private sector workers
The delay in compiling statistics is problematic because it doesn’t allow for immediate corrective action in the following year. However, the data nonetheless provide important information about trends over time.
Of course, statistics tell only part of the story. Each workplace injury and death is critically important to those who have been personally impacted. If you’ve been injured on the job and want to understand your options for workers’ compensation benefits, contact our firm to discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.