Montana Department of Labor & Industry Releases 2020 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

  • — November 05 2021
HELENA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today released the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

The survey found private industry workplaces in Montana reported a rate of 3.4 injury and illness cases per one hundred full-time workers in 2020. This is a decrease from the rate of 3.8 cases per one hundred full-time workers recorded in 2019.

Employers in Montana reported a total of 11,700 recordable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injuries and illnesses in 2020, with 10,200 of those in the private industry. This is a decrease from 13,700 recordable injuries in 2019. Of the private industry injuries and illnesses in 2020, 5,100 were serious enough to require recuperation away from work, a transfer from or restricted duties at work, or both. 

DLI’s Data Management Section conducts the annual survey in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Participating employers maintain injury and illness recordkeeping forms, which are then analyzed to determine incidence rates of workplace injuries and illnesses experience by year. Injuries and illnesses are reported when they result in lost work time, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or require a transfer to another job.

Montana’s incidence rate of injuries and illnesses varied by major industry sector in 2020. The industries with the higher incidence rates per 100 full-time workers were construction with 4.6 and manufacturing with 4.3. The industries with lower incidence rates were financial activities with 0.8 incidence rates per 100 full-time workers, and professional & business services with 1.6.

The entire 2020 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses publication can be viewed at erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-claims/soii.
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