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Montana’s workplace injury and illness rates decline

Montana’s workplace injury and illness rates decline

Montana’s injury and illness rates declined to an incidence rate of 4.2 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2016, according to the state’s annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses.

In 2015, the incidence rate was 4.3 cases per hundred full-time workers, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s data management unit said in its report.

Private industry employers in Montana reported a total of 14,300 recordable injuries and illnesses in 2016. About 6,200 of the injuries and illnesses required recuperation away from work, transfer from or restricted duties at work, or both. Incidence rates that saw the greatest decline were in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry, which decreased to 1.4 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2016 from 4.0 in 2015. The educational services industry decreased to 1.5 per 100 full-time workers from 2.9, according to the report.

“We still have work to do, but through continued education and training, our injury and illness rates have declined for the fourth straight year,” Galen Hollenbaugh, Helena, Montana-based Labor & Industry commissioner, said in a statement.