Montana Reports Decline in Workplace Injuries in 2018

November 19, 2019

Employers in Montana reported a total of 14,100 workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018, with 11,900 of those injuries in the private industry. Of those private industry injuries and illnesses, 5,700 were serious enough to require recuperation away from work, a transfer from or restricted duties at work, or both.

Private industry workplaces in Montana reported a rate of 3.9 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2018. That compares to an incident rate of 4.3 cases per hundred full-time workers recorded in 2017. The national average in 2018 was 2.8 injuries per 100 full-time workers.

An estimated 3,800 of the 11,900 reported cases involved at least one day away from work.

The figures are from the state’s Department of Labor & Industry’s annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

The incidence rate of injuries and illnesses varied by major industry sector. The Montana industries with the highest incidence rates per 100 full-time workers were manufacturing at 5.5, transportation and warehousing with 5.0, and construction and health care and social assistance with 4.9. The industries with lower incidence rates were finance and insurance with 0.9 incidence rates per 100 full-time workers and professional, scientific and technical services with 1.2.

Two industries saw significance differences in incidence rates from 2017. The retail trade industry significantly decreased from 5.3 in 2017 to 4.4 in 2018. The real estate rental and leasing industry significantly increased from 1.1 in 2017 to 3.1 in 2018.

The most hazardous major occupational group in 2018 was construction and extraction workers followed by transportation and material moving occupations. The median number of lost work days across all occupational groups in 2018 was seven days. The occupational group with the highest median number of lost work time was heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers with 67 days away from work, and operating engineers and other construction equipment operator occupations with 30 median days away from work.

Laborers, freight, stock and material movers was the most injured worker occupation with 270 injuries in 2018. Carpenters were second with 220 injuries. Nursing assistants had 190 injuries, while construction laborers experienced 180 injuries with days away from work.

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