FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2000-01
Monday January 3, 2000

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Dean Fryer
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Workplace Injuries at Record Low in California

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Statistics and Research has found that job-related nonfatal injury/illness rates in 1998 reached a record low of 6.7 workers out of every 100. This is the lowest rate since collection of these statistics began in 1971.

"Because we want to increase safety in the state's workplaces, this record low injury/illness rate is welcome news to us," said Steve Smith, director of the Department of Industrial Relations. "Now that we are expanding our Cal/OSHA enforcement staff for the first time in years, we hope to further reduce workplace injuries."

The injury/illness rate fell from 7.1 per 100 workers in 1997 to 6.7 per 100 workers in 1998, while employment in the industries covered expanded 3.2 percent. Statistically statewide:

The workplace injury/illness rate is a statistic that counts nonfatal accidents and exposures caused on the job. For copies of statistical tables for the 1998 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in California, visit the department's Web site at www.dir.ca.gov.

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