Non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses among private industry workplaces in 2007 occurred at a rate of 4.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers — a decline from 4.4 cases in 2006. This is according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Incidence rate for workplace injuries and illnesses, private industry, 2003-07
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Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2007 declined to 4 million cases, compared to 4.1 million cases in 2006.

The total recordable case injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers has declined significantly — by 0.2 cases per 100 workers — each year since 2003, when estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) were first published using the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Data from the BLS Injuries and Illnesses and Fatalities program provides a wide range of information about workplace injuries and illnesses by industry sector. Additional information is available from "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2007," (PDF) (HTML) news release USDL 08-1498.