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Occupational injuries and illnesses by industry, 2003

December 15, 2004

The incidence rate for on-the-job injuries and illnesses declined in private industry from 5.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2002 to 5.0 in 2003.

Workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 equivalent full-time workers, by industry, 2003
[Chart data—TXT]

Goods-producing industries as a whole had a rate of 6.7 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers while service-providing industries as a whole had a rate of 4.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.

Manufacturing and construction both had the highest incidence rate among the industry supersectors: 6.8. Financial activities had the lowest rate: 1.7.

These data come from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Additional information is available from "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 04-2486.

Note on industry classification: Beginning with the 2003 reference year, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses began using the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Prior to 2003, the program used the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. The substantial differences between these systems result in breaks in series for industry data. Users are advised against making comparisons between the 2003 industry categories and the results from previous years.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Occupational injuries and illnesses by industry, 2003 at (visited February 21, 2024).

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