The number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported by glass and glazing contractors in 2016 was higher than the national rate according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Glass and glazing contractors reported 3.7 cases of per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in last year, compared to the national rate. Of those cases, 1.5 per 100 resulted in the injured or ill worker missing workdays, and 0.9 per 100 resulted in a job transfer or restriction.

In 2016, private industry employers reported approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illness, which occurred at a national rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were down overall in 2016 from a year prior.

There were 892,270 occupational injuries and illnesses in 2016 that resulted in days away from work in private industry, essentially unchanged from the number reported for 2015. That rate of cases where a worker spent days away from work (DAFW) was 91.7 per 10,000 FTE workers in 2016.

Glass and glazing contractors reported 800 total DAFW cases last year. Of those cases, 310 resulted from strains, strains or tears; 60 from fractures; 110 from cuts or lacerations; 80 from bruises or contusions; 70 from soreness or pain; and 50 were a result of other causes.

Lifting or lowering caused 220 of the 800 total injuries in glass and glazing contractors. Being struck by an object caused 130 injuries, being struck against an object caused 30 injuries, a fall to a lower level caused 50 injuries and a fall on the same level caused 90 injuries.

According to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, nearly 48,500 fewer nonfatal incidents were reported in 2016 compared to 2015. This pattern of decline has occurred every year since 2004, except for in 2012 when the rate was unchanged from the previous year. Close to one-third of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were of a more serious nature and resulted in days away from work.