[Smlr_net] [IWS] BLS: WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES IN 2007 [23 October 2008]]

Eugene McElroy sagauro at rci.rutgers.edu
Fri Oct 24 10:22:17 EDT 2008


WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES IN 2007 [23 October 2008]
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm
or
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf
[full-text, 24 pages]

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers
in 2007
occurred at a rate of 4.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers­a
decline from 4.4 cases
in 2006. Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and
illnesses reported in 2007
declined to 4 million cases, compared to 4.1 million cases in 2006. The
total recordable case
injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers has
declined significantly­
by 0.2 cases per 100 workers­each year since 2003, when estimates from the
Survey of
Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) were first published using the
2002 North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Key findings of the 2007 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

   * The total recordable case injury and illness incidence rate in 2007
(4.2 cases per 100
     workers) was the lowest among private industry employers since 2002,
when recordkeeping
     requirements were revised. The decline is similar to that seen from
1972 to 2001, prior to the
     recordkeeping revisions.
   * Incidence rates and numbers of cases for injuries and illnesses
combined declined
     significantly in 2007 for several case types: total recordable cases;
cases with days away
     from work, job transfer or restriction; cases with days away from
work; and cases with job
     transfer or restriction. The incidence rate and number of cases for
other recordable cases
     remained relatively unchanged. (See chart 1.)
   * Both the incidence rate and the number of injuries alone declined
significantly in 2007
     compared to 2006­5 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
   * The incidence rate and the number of illnesses alone each declined
significantly in 2007
     compared to 2006­mainly the result of declines among skin diseases and
disorders and all
     other illness categories, which accounted for 89 percent of the
decline in illness cases.
   * The total recordable case injury and illness incidence rates declined
among 5 of the 19
     private industry sectors­Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting;
Mining; Construction;
     Manufacturing; and Health care and social assistance­in 2007 and
remained statistically
     unchanged in the remaining 14 industry sectors.
   * Manufacturing was the only industry sector over the decade spanning
1998 to 2007 in which
     the rate of job transfer or restriction cases exceeded the rate of
cases with days away from
     work.
   * The total recordable case injury and illness incidence rate was
highest among mid-size
     establishments (those employing between 50 and 249 workers) and lowest
among small
     establishments (those employing fewer than 11 workers) compared to
establishments of other
     sizes. (See chart 2.)
   * Similar to 2006, 14 detailed industries, each reporting at least
100,000 injury and illness
     cases, combined to account for nearly 1.8 million cases (45 percent)
of the 4 million total
     cases reported nationally in 2007. General medical and surgical
hospitals (NAICS 6221)
     reported more injuries and illnesses than any other industry in
2007­more than 253,500
     cases. (See chart 3.)

AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....

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Stuart Basefsky
Director, IWS News Bureau
Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell/ILR School
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New York, NY 10016

Telephone: (607) 255-2703
Fax: (607) 255-9641
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