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[IWS] BLS: NONFATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND ILLNESSES REQUIRING DAYS AWAY FROM WORK, 2013 [16 December 2014]
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NONFATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND ILLNESSES REQUIRING DAYS AWAY FROM WORK, 2013 [16 December 2014]
[full-text, 31 pages]
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.)
* 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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