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Plastics' Safety Record Gradually Improves.

The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that plastics-processing plants are growing safer but still have a worse accident record than the average for all U.S. manufacturing. Although safety in plants of Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 3080 (Miscellaneous Plastics Products) is improving faster than the manufacturing average, the frequency of injuries resulting in lost workdays was 21% higher than the U.S. average in 1997. Some segments of plastics processing--especially makers of plumbing fixtures, still had injury rates up to 61% higher than the average. Only custom compounders had a safety record equal to or better than the manufacturing average. Last month's PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY cover story examined what causes many accidents and what can be done to prevent them.
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Publication:Plastics Technology
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 1999
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