Rate of severe occupational injuries and illnesses declines in 2012
December 02, 2013
The rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work to recuperate was 112 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012, down from 117 cases in 2011. Among the broad occupational groups in 2012, protective service occupations had the highest incidence rate, 329 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
Total, private industry and state and local government
Transportation and material moving
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance
Installation, maintenance, and repair
Construction and extraction
Farming, fishing, and forestry
Personal care and service
Healthcare practitioners and technical
Food preparation and serving related
Community and social services
Sales and related
Education, training, and library
Office and administrative support
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media
Life, physical, and social science
Architecture and engineering
Business and financial operations
Computer and mathematical
Transportation and material moving occupations had the second-highest incidence rate (278). Other occupational groups with incidence rates more than twice the overall average include building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (262) and healthcare support (242).
Among the broad occupational groups, computer and mathematical occupations had the lowest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, with 11 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012. Other occupational groups with low incidence rates include business and financial operations, legal, and architecture and engineering.
These data are from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days away from Work, 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑2257. The scope of the survey includes private industry and state and local government but excludes the self-employed, private households, the federal government, and the United States Postal Service.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Rate of severe occupational injuries and illnesses declines in 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131202.htm (visited October 22, 2014).
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