The University in 2017 posted its lowest-ever employee injury rate of 1.0, calculated in incidents per 100 full-time workers.
Jay Frerotte, director of Pitt’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, attributed the downward trend to ongoing efforts to enhance the University’s longstanding culture of workplace safety.
National figures have yet to be posted for 2017, but the University’s employee injury rate consistently has been below the national average for colleges and universities since the start of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current industry classification system in 2003. That year, the Pittsburgh campus rate was 1.8 compared to a national average of 2.7.
By 2016, Pitt’s rate declined to less than 1.2 — a campus low at that time — compared with a national average of 1.9.