Workplace injury rates in nursing homes continue to drop

Nonfatal occupational injury rates in both private and government-owned skilled nursing facilities decreased in 2015, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday.

Privately owned nursing facilities had an injury incidence rate of 6.8 per 100 workers for 2015, down from 7.1 in 2014. The private nursing sector had a total of 171,900 recordable injury or illness incidents in 2015.

Skilled nursing facilities operated by local governments had a injury and illness incidence rate of 7.2 for 2015, while those run by state governments clocked in at a rate of 12 injuries per 100 workers. While the latter rate is a .6% decrease from last year, state-run facilities still rank as the only sector across all industries with double-digit incidence rates.

Local government-run facilities reported 4,200 employee injuries in 2015, according to the BLS data. State-run facilities had 13,700 recordable injury or illness cases.

Click here to see the BLS' full workplace injury and illness report for 2015.