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The first 2012 workplace injury and illness numbers are in

November 08, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has just released the results of the 2012 survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. Private employers reported nearly three million nonfatal injuries and illnesses for an overall incidence rate of 3.4 per 100 employees, down slightly from 2011. DART injuries accounted for more than half of those for a rate of 1.8, unchanged from 2011.

State government Nursing Care facilities reported the highest overall nonfatal total case rate (13.6) of any sector, followed by Manufactured Home Manufacturing (11.8), local government Police Protection (11.8) and Travel Trailer Manufacturing (11.7).

Private sector healthcare (historically higher than the U.S. average) was led by Nursing Care (7.9) and General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (6.5). According to BLS, “among service-providing industry sectors, health care and social assistance contributed 23.4 percent of all private industry illness cases and experienced an incidence rate of 28.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012 -- falling from 30.5 cases in 2011.”

The highest private sector rates of nonfatal cases with days away, restricted or transferred (DART) came from Manufactured Home Manufacturing (9.9), Iron and Steel Forging and Marine Cargo Handling (6.5). The highest public sector DART rates came from state government Nursing and Residential Care (8.4) and local government Fire Protection (6.5) and Nursing and Residential Care (6.4).

Case and demographic data are pending, so we are not yet able to review exactly who is getting hurt and how, but expect that analysis as soon as the data are available.

Topics: workplace safety