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Indiana workplace injury, illness rate remains flat

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The Indiana Department of Labor says the state's workplace injury and illness rate remained the same in 2010 compared to 2009, but the agency's commissioner says improvement is needed.

The Times of Munster reports data released Thursday show workplaces reported 4.3 injuries and illnesses per 100 workers last year. It marked the 13th straight year when the statewide rate didn't increase.

Labor Commissioner Lori Torres said the two largest employer sectors — manufacturing, and state and local government — experienced more injuries and illnesses than previous years. Manufacturing and government both reported more than five incidents per 100 workers in 2010.

Incidents in the state's third-largest employment sector — health care and social assistance — fell 9 percent, to fewer than six incidents per 100 workers.

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  • Inaccuracies
    People --
    That is either a really crappy measurement or innaccurate reporting. Employee injuries should be examined by specific class codes and payrolls. Using the number of workers out of 100 neither accounts for different types of job classifications, (i.e. steel worker vs. bank teller), cost of healthcare by locality, average age of worker, etc.

    Why are we taxpayers footing the bill for something that could be more accurate, not to mention cheaper, if it was a study undertaken by the smart young business students at IU, Purdue or Ball State? Those kids love stuff like that.

    Another boondoggle for some huge accounting firm that gave money to somebody, I suppose...

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