Indiana workplace injury, illness rate remains flat

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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