Has Workplace Safety Increased Or Decreased In New Jersey In The Past Five Years?

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[author: Robert D. Budesa]

When employers keep their workplaces safe, they can hold the line on workers compensation costs. More importantly, their most valuable resource — their employees — remain healthy and productive.

The State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which administers the New Jersey Workers Compensation Program, published statistics on workplace safety. The Accident and Formal Claim Filing Statistics report compares the number of accidents with the number of new claim petition filings over a 20-year period ending in 2010. To determine if the workplace was safer in the past five years, it is necessary to analyze data from 2006 – 2010 with the previous five years.

Running the numbers

From 2001 to 2005, there were a total of 716,570 reported accidents. The average was 179,143 accidents annually. (Note that 2002 data was deliberately omitted from this analysis because it was incomplete.)  Of the 716,570 accidents reported over five years, there were a total of 157,140 injuries reported, for an annual average of 39,285. So, 21.9 percent of the accidents resulted in injury claims.

From 2006 to 2010, there were a total of 782,900 accidents reported, for an annual average of 156,580 accidents reported per year. Of the 782,900 accidents, there were a total of 173,811 injuries reported, for an annual average of 34,762 per year. Of the total accidents reported, roughly 22 percent resulted in injury claims.

So while there were 179,143 accidents per year on average between 2001 and 2005, there were only 156,580 accidents reported on average for years 2006 to 2010. While this decline suggests the workplace was safer from 2006 to 2010 compared to the previous five years, the average rate of injuries was a virtual tie at roughly 22 percent. So a deeper look at the numbers reveals there was no real change in terms of worker safety.

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