Washington’s workplace injury and illness rate remains above the national average but continues to decline.
· The gap is narrowing.
· Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) incidence rates are decreasing in hospitals more than in nursing homes due to improved use of safe patient handling equipment and techniques (see extended analysis).
· Overall WMSD rates have begun to increase again and WMSD injuries remain unacceptably high and costly.
· Rates in trucking and warehousing remain high. The non-fixed nature of these industries makes safety and health intervention more difficult.
· State agency rates continue higher than the private sector due to health care and corrections particularly related to assaults.
· L&I’s WISHA penalties are lower than the national average.