Workplace safety in Georgia. In looking at the NIOSH worker health charts for the state of Georgia for the years 2003-2018 some overall patterns are consistently shown. In both the count of cases and the rate charts the peak years were 2003-2006, in particular 2003 and 2005. Both sets of graphs reveal a steady decline indicating that workplace safety measures have improved (or are still improving) the safety of Georgia’s work force.
When looking at the count of nonfatal injury and illnesses combined, there is a large drop from the peak at 120-125,000 incidents down to around 80,000. The lowest level recorded in this time frame is a count of ~75,000 in 2012 and the number has plateaued since then. If you look at the nonfatal injuries alone chart, you can see that they account for the majority of the count with about 120,000 in 2015 dropping down to the at 70-80,000 range in around 2010. Illnesses are also at their peak at around 7000 from 2003-2006 but dropping by almost 50% down to around 3000 in 2017.
We can also look at the incidence rate graphs to see how the rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses has changed in this time frame. In the combined graph the rates are calculated per 100 full-time workers (FTW). It gives us a peak of about 4.5 per 100 FTW in the same 2003-2006 range and drops by a third to below 3 per 100 FTW around 2010 where it has mostly plateaued but still showed a slight downward trend in 2017. Incidence rates of injuries alone show a similar configuration with around 4 per 100 FTW at it’s peak in 2003 and 2005. It shows a gradual decline that plateaus around 2.5 in 2012. The Incidence rates of illness alone are calculated at a rate of 10,000 FTW and show a high of 24 in 2013 with the gradual decline each year. There’s a small spike in 20006 but then the decline continues and ends in a low of 11 per 10,000 FTW in 2017.
When only looking at the counts it appears that no progress is still being made and that we have leveled out. However, when looking at the rate graphs, they continue to show slow, downward progression indicating that this state may still be making progress in the safety of it’s workers.