Report: Workplace injury rate unchanged in Montana but more workers hurt

Phil Drake

A report released Monday by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry on Occupational Injuries and Illnesses found that state numbers for such incidents for 2021 remained at 3.4 per 100 workers, the same rate as reported in 2020.

While the rate has remained the same, the number of jobs has grown, the state notes in the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). The report notes Montana Quarterly Census of Employment & Wage data shows the Treasure State’s annual average employment increased over 21,000, from 456,953 in 2020 to 478,676 in 2021, during the same time period.

Montana’s rate was above the national average of 2.7 injuries and illnesses per 100 workers, the same rate for 2020.

Also, workplace fatalities were not included in the 20-page report. Officials said that data was still being gathered for the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report that will be released mid-December. In 2020, there were 29 workplace-related deaths in Montana.

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