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The drop in the number of serious workplace injuries and fatalities during 2020 can partially be attributed to the pandemic, which caused organizations to slow and some industries to stop temporarily. This in turn reduced the chances of work-related injuries or illnesses. (Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com) The drop in the number of serious workplace injuries and fatalities during 2020 can partially be attributed to the pandemic, which caused organizations to slow and some industries to stop temporarily. This in turn reduced the chances of work-related injuries or illnesses. (Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com)

Although the average number of days away from work for injured workers declined 60% between 2019 and 2020, and the total number of serious injuries and fatalities (SIF) dropped, the rate at which SIF incidents occurred increased significantly, according to analysis from ISN Software Corporation.

Overall, 2020 had an incident rate of 429 SIF incidents per 100,00 workers compared with a rate of 366 events per 100,000 workers in 2019 and a rate of 406 in 2018, according to ISN.

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