Tuesday, December 16, 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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The overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 109.4 cases

per 10,000 full-time workers in 2013, down from the 2012 rate of 111.8, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2013, there

were 1,162,210 days-away-from-work cases in private industry, state government, and local government, essentially the same number of

reported injuries and illnesses as in 2012. The median days away from work to recuperate--a key measure of severity of injuries and

illnesses--was 8 days in 2013, one fewer than reported in 2012. (See table 1.)


Key Findings:


  *  The private sector rate for days-away-from-work cases was 99.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers and was not statistically

     different from 101.9 in 2012. (See table 1.) Despite no change in the private sector rate, the rate of falls on the same level

     increased to 15.4 in 2013, up from 14.8 in 2012 with increases in construction (from 12.6 to 16.1); wholesale trade (from 9.9

     to 11.4); and transportation and warehousing (from 22.9 to 28.3).


  *  Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 4 percent of the cases in the private sector in 2013, with a rate

     of 4.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. In the health care and social assistance sector, 13 percent of the injuries and illnesses

     were the result of violence and the rate increased for the second year in a row to 16.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, up

     from 15.1 in 2012. (See table 1.)


  *  Incidence rates and counts for private sector heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and food preparation workers each increased

     in 2013. (See table 4.) The rate for truck drivers was 322.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers (up from 279.6 in 2012)--and was more

     than three times greater than the rate for all private sector workers. The incidence rate for food preparation workers was 317.3 cases

     per 10,000 full-time workers, up from 289.5 in 2012.


  *  The incidence rate for local government protective service workers decreased to 451.3 per 10,000 full-time workers in 2013, down

     from 480.4 in 2012 despite no statistical change in the overall local government incidence rate. (See table 3.) The incidence rate

     for local government building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers increased to 472.6--up from 438.0 in 2012. The rate of

     days-away-from-work cases for state government workers was statistically unchanged in 2013 at 160.1 cases per 10,000 full-time



  *  Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 33 percent of all injury and illness cases in 2013. Nursing assistants and laborers

     and freight, stock, and material movers incurred the highest number of MSD cases in 2013. (See table 18.) MSD cases accounted for

     53 percent of total cases that occurred to nursing assistants in 2013.


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



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