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Kentucky Businesses Set Record Low Workplace Injury Rate


  The Kentucky Labor Cabinet says workplaces have recorded the lowest nonfatal injury rate in state history.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kentucky's rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses improved from 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016.

The rate reflects the number of incidents per 100 full-time employees.

Work injuries involving transportation and material moving accounted for the highest amount of fatalities in the past two years.

The data has decreased since it was first collected in 1996 with a rate of 8.4. The number of work-related fatalities also decreased from 99 in 2015 to 92 in 2016.

The national injury rate is 2.9, reflecting the approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016.

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