Injuries and Illness

Workplaces Safer, but We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

The good news is that there are fewer workplace injuries and illnesses than there used to be. The bad news is that there are still too many.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, down from a total case rate of 3.9 in 2008.

Injuries and illnesses fell by about 400,000 overall in 2009, but they still amounted to:

  • 275,00 reported injuries and illnesses a month;
  • 63,462 a week; and
  • Over 9,000 a day.

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Key Findings

Key findings from BLS’s 2009 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses include the following:

  • Although incidence rates for injuries and illnesses in general declined significantly in 2009, the rate of lost workdays remained relatively unchanged from the previous year.
  • The manufacturing industry sector reported the largest year-to-year decline in injuries and illnesses since 2003—falling by 23 percent (161,100 cases) from 2008 to 2009, lowering the incidence rate by 0.7 cases to 4.3 cases per 100 workers. The drop in cases reported in this sector represents nearly 39 percent of the total private industry decline in injuries and illnesses in 2009. 
  • The construction industry sector reported 71,700 fewer cases in 2009, compared to 2000—a 22 percent decline, lowering the incidence rate by 0.4 cases to 4.3 cases per 100 workers. The decline in reported cases among the manufacturing and construction industry sectors together represents nearly 56 percent of the total private industry decline in injuries and illnesses in 2009.
  • The incidence rate of injuries only among private industry workers fell from 3.7 to 3.4 cases per 100 workers between 2008 and 2009, resulting from an 11 percent drop in the number of injury cases.
  • Both the incidence rate and the number of illness cases declined significantly in 2009, compared to 2008—led by a decline among the skin diseases category which accounted for nearly 47 percent of the decline in illness cases among private industry establishments.
  • Slightly more than one-half of the 3.3 million private industry injury and illness cases reported nationally in 2009 were of a more serious nature that involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (commonly referred to as DART cases). These occurred at a rate of 1.8 cases per 100 workers, declining from 2.0 cases in 2008.

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