Arkansas Workers Injury-Illness Rate Declines

NOVEMBER 22, 2005 - Posted at 4:32 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' rate of work-related injuries and illnesses in private industry dropped last year for the 12th year in a row.  The Arkansas Labor Department made the announcement today.

Last year, 4.7 work-related injuries or illnesses were reported in the state for every 100 full-time workers in private industry.  That's down from 5.1 in 2003, and down from 9.9 in 1992.

Officials say the Arkansas rate last year also was below the national rate of 4.8 incidents per 100 private workers.  That's the first time in his 12 years of compiling the figures that the state rate has dropped below the national rate, Cornett said.

Usually, Arkansas is one or two-tenths above the national rate.

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