Oklahoma’s public sector accident rate drops

Monday, August 15th 2005, 5:03 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The accident rate among public employees has dropped to its lowest level since these records have been kept, officials said Monday.

Last year, there were 5.7 work-related accidents per 100 employees, down from 6.4 the previous year. It is well below the 8.3 rate recorded both in 1987, the first year of modern records, and again in 1995.

"Steady improvement has been achieved by targeting enforcement and program review/training of government entities with incident rates over the state average," state Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau said. "For the last three years, inspections of locations with the most injuries and illnesses have helped us focus limited resources on the areas of greatest need."