March 04, 2010
State government workers sustained occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work at an incidence rate of 170 cases per 10,000 full-time workers; the incidence rate for local government workers was 195.
For comparison, the incidence rate for private industry was 113 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
The median number of days away from work required for these workers to recuperate was 8 days for State government, 9 days for local government, and 8 days for private industry.
There were a total of 206,580 cases of days away from work in local government and 71,100 cases in State government.
These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work for State Government and Local Government Workers, 2008" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0230. Differences in occupational injuries and illnesses rates in State and local government and private industry may be due to differences in occupation and industry mix.