Private industry employers in the United States reported nearly 54,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2014 compared to a year earlier, resulting in a slight dip in the incidence rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private industry employers reported nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses overall in 2014. The 54,000 decline, combined with an increase in reported hours worked, led to the total recordable cases incidence rate falling to 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2014 compared to a 3.3 cases rate in 2013. The 2014 rate continues a pattern of declines that, with the exception of 2012 when the rate remained flat at 3.4 cases, occurred annually for the last 12 years. However, the rate declined only in the retail trade, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services sectors in 2014.
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