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Ice, sleet, and snow-related occupational injury and illness rate down in 2017

March 04, 2019

Ice, sleet, and snow-related occupational injuries and illnesses that resulted in at least one day away from work occurred at a rate of 1.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2017. That was down from a rate of 2.1 in 2016. From 2008 to 2017, the incidence rate of ice, sleet, and snow-related injuries ranged from a low of 1.4 in 2012 to a high of 3.9 in 2014. Among states for which data are available, 18 states in 2017 had incidence rates equal to or greater than the national rate of 1.8.

Incidence rates per 10,000 full-time workers for occupational injuries and illnesses from ice, sleet, and snow-related events, all ownership, participating states, 2008–17
State 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Total United States

3.1 3.1 3.3 3.2 1.4 2.9 3.9 3.3 2.1 1.8

Alabama

- - - - - - 0.3 0.4 0.2 -

Alaska

15.3 14.7 14.5 14.9 14.9 17.6 13.4 9.1 10.1 12.0

Arizona

0.6 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2

Arkansas

1.4 1.3 1.7 2.2 0.3 3.1 1.6 1.4 0.4 0.3

California

1.1 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1

Colorado

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Connecticut

4.5 8.1 4.0 10.1 2.4 5.8 9.3 7.3 4.1 6.4

Delaware

2.2 5.1 4.8 3.7 0.6 1.9 7.3 6.3 2.8 1.2

District of Columbia

0.7 1.7 1.3 1.2 - - 3.0 2.4 0.6 0.4

Florida

- - - - - - - - - -

Georgia

- - 0.7 0.8 - - 0.4 - 0.1 0.1

Hawaii

- - 0.6 - - - 0.4 - - -

Idaho

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Illinois

5.5 3.7 5.2 4.0 0.8 4.2 5.0 5.9 3.3 1.9

Indiana

7.6 4.3 5.7 4.8 1.2 3.3 7.0 4.9 3.0 1.4

Iowa

13.3 7.9 8.5 3.6 3.2 7.7 8.4 4.7 3.0 2.4

Kansas

2.6 0.8 2.7 4.8 0.8 3.3 2.7 2.1 4.4 1.1

Kentucky

2.1 2.0 5.7 2.4 0.6 1.9 3.8 3.8 1.3 0.2

Louisiana

0.1 - 0.5 0.2 - - - - - 0.1

Maine

11.5 8.6 3.6 13.0 8.5 10.2 13.5 6.6 9.2 8.2

Maryland

3.0 7.1 5.9 3.2 1.0 2.3 8.2 6.9 2.8 0.8

Massachusetts

0.8 - 2.6 7.8 2.6 4.0 6.9 7.0 3.2 2.9

Michigan

6.2 7.1 5.3 5.6 3.1 4.9 7.9 5.6 3.8 3.6

Minnesota

6.9 6.2 8.7 6.0 5.9 10.8 8.0 4.0 4.1 4.7

Mississippi

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Missouri

0.3 0.2 1.3 3.2 0.4 2.7 5.1 2.1 2.3 1.1

Montana

10.8 11.3 14.5 12.3 8.0 8.2 15.7 8.0 6.1 8.6

Nebraska

4.4 6.3 6.0 6.7 3.7 5.8 3.0 5.1 5.8 6.2

Nevada

1.1 2.8 3.2 1.4 0.8 1.5 0.8 0.8 0.7 1.8

New Hampshire

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

New Jersey

2.1 4.6 4.4 5.7 0.8 3.5 7.5 6.5 2.4 2.8

New Mexico

2.5 0.3 - 4.4 1.8 2.3 1.1 1.3 1.5 0.5

New York

5.7 6.6 5.4 7.0 2.2 5.3 7.9 8.0 4.7 4.0

North Carolina

0.7 2.4 3.0 1.2 0.1 0.1 0.6 1.5 0.1 0.1

North Dakota

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Ohio

Not available Not available Not available Not available 1.2 4.0 5.1 5.6 2.8 1.2

Oklahoma

2.0 4.3 2.9 4.5 0.8 Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Oregon

4.4 2.4 1.5 1.3 1.4 2.6 2.5 1.8 3.6 5.9

Pennsylvania

Not available Not available Not available 3.6 2.5 4.1 6.8 5.4 3.4 1.5

Rhode Island

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

South Carolina

0.2 0.9 2.6 1.4 0.3 - 0.9 0.2 0.3 0.1

South Dakota

Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

Tennessee

1.4 1.0 3.7 2.7 0.2 0.9 2.7 4.7 1.1 0.3

Texas

0.2 0.6 0.6 1.3 0.2 0.5 0.6 0.7 - 0.1

Utah

7.5 8.4 3.2 2.2 6.1 6.0 1.7 2.2 2.8 3.6

Vermont

1.1 - - - - - 8.3 - - 0.7

Virginia

0.7 2.2 6.1 1.8 0.6 1.5 5.2 3.5 1.1 0.5

Washington

3.2 3.1 1.2 2.3 3.5 1.9 2.2 1.1 2.1 3.6

West Virginia

5.6 5.2 9.4 3.1 1.5 2.8 7.5 5.0 2.4 1.2

Wisconsin

12.3 7.4 7.4 5.7 4.0 9.5 8.4 3.6 4.7 4.2

Wyoming

10.7 9.9 12.0 10.7 10.7 12.7 13.6 9.1 11.7 9.0

Note: Dash means data do not meet publication standards. "Not available" means state does not participate in the survey.

In 2017 there were 20,460 ice, sleet, and snow-related injuries. Fourteen percent of these (2,890 cases) occurred in the state of New York. The incidence rate for New York was 4.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The incidence rate for Alaska was 12.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers and accounted 1.4 percent of the cases (290 cases) in 2017.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2017.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Ice, sleet, and snow-related occupational injury and illness rate down in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/ice-sleet-and-snow-related-occupational-injury-and-illness-rate-down-in-2017.htm (visited July 07, 2020).

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