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February 2011

Nonfatal injuries and illnesses in State and local government workplaces in 2008

Jeffery D. Brown

Estimates of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses covering nearly 19 million State and local government workers show that these public sector employees experienced a significantly higher incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses in 2008 than did private industry employees. These findings are from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), which collected national data on State and local government workers for the first time in 2008. The new data series begin to address the common criticism that the SOII lacked comprehensive national estimates of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses covering public sector workers. This report explores briefly the historical absence of these statistics and presents additional findings of these new data series for the 2008 survey year.

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