Thursday, December 04, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



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Slightly more than 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private

industry employers in 2013, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time

workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted

by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (See tables 1 and 2.) The rate reported for 2013 continues the

pattern of statistically significant declines that, with the exception of 2012, occurred annually for the last

11 years.


Key findings from the 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses


* The total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate of injury and illness reported by private industry

employers declined in 2013 from a year earlier, as did the rate for cases of a more serious nature

involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction--commonly referred to as DART--

marking the first decline in the DART rate since 2009. (See chart 1.)

* The rate of reported injuries and illnesses declined significantly in 2013 among the manufacturing,

retail trade, and utilities sectors but was statistically unchanged among all other private industry

sectors compared to a year earlier.

* Manufacturing continued a 16-year trend in 2013 as the only private industry sector in which the rate

of job transfer or restriction only cases exceeded the rate of cases with days away from work. The

rates for these two case types declined by 0.1 case in 2013 to 1.2 cases and 1.0 case per 100 full-time

workers, respectively.

* The incidence rate of injuries only among private industry workers declined to 3.1 cases per 100

full-time workers in 2013, down from 3.2 cases in 2012. (See table 5.) In comparison, the incidence

rate of illness cases was statistically unchanged in 2013. (See table 6a.)

* The rate of injuries and illnesses among state and local government workers combined declined to

5.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2013 compared to 5.6 cases in 2012 and remains significantly

higher than the private industry rate. The incidence rates among state government and local

government workplaces individually also declined significantly in 2013, state government from 4.4

to 3.9 cases per 100 full-time workers and local government from 6.1 to 5.7 cases per 100 full-time

workers. (See chart 3.)

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


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