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Monday, February 08, 2021

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Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in Wisconsin — 2019

Over 65,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among Wisconsin’s private industry employers in 2019, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.3 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that Wisconsin was among 20 states that had an incidence rate of total recordable cases (TRC) significantly higher than the national rate of 2.8. (Wisconsin was 1 of 41 states and the District of Columbia for which statewide estimates are available. See Technical Note at the end of this release for more information about the survey.)

Wisconsin’s findings from the 2019 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses include:

  • TRC incidence rates in private industry ranged from 1.0 in financial activities to 4.2 in manufacturing. (See table 1.)

  • With 41 percent of private industry employment, two supersectors accounted for 56 percent of the occupational injuries and illnesses: manufacturing and trade, transportation, and utilities. (See table 2.)

  • In private industry, the TRC injury and illness incidence rate ranged from 1.4 for establishments employing fewer than 11 workers to 4.1 for establishments employing 50 to 249 workers. (See table 3.)

  • Wisconsin’s private industry TRC rate of 3.3 in 2019 was significantly less than the 2018 rate. (See table 4.)


Table A. Number and rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry, United States and Wisconsin, 2019
CharacteristicUnited StatesWisconsin
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)

Total cases

2,814.02.865.53.3

Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction

1,558.21.532.81.7

Cases with days away from work

888.20.917.10.9

Cases with job transfer or restriction

670.00.715.70.8

Other recordable cases

1,255.71.232.61.6

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals.

Private industry injury and illness case types

Of the 65,500 private industry injury and illness cases reported in Wisconsin, 32,800 were of a more severe nature, involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction—commonly referred to as DART cases. These cases occurred at a rate of 1.7 cases per 100 full-time workers. Fifty-two percent of the DART cases in Wisconsin were incidents that resulted in at least one day away from work, compared to 57 percent nationally. Other recordable cases (those not involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction) accounted for the remaining 32,600 cases in Wisconsin, at a rate of 1.6. In comparison, the national rate for other recordable cases was 1.2.

No private industry supersector had a significant change in its TRC or DART rate over the year in Wisconsin.

In 2019, 62,700, or 95.7 percent of private industry recordable injuries and illnesses were injuries. Workplace illnesses accounted for an additional 2,700 recordable cases.

State estimates

Private industry and public sector estimates are available for 41 participating states and for the District of Columbia for 2019. The private industry injury and illness rate in 20 states was statistically higher than the national rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time workers, lower in 14 states and in the District of Columbia, and not statistically different in 7 states. (See chart 1.) Caution should be taken when comparing rates among different states as some differences can be attributed to different industry composition within each state.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Estimates in this news release are for reference year 2019. No changes in estimation procedures or outputs were necessary due to COVID-19. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-on-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-compensation-and-occupational-requirements.htm.


Technical Note

The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) is a Federal/State cooperative program that publishes estimates on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Each year, approximately 200,000 employers report for establishments in private industry and the public sector (state and local government). In-scope cases include work-related injuries or illnesses to workers who require medical care beyond first aid. See the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the entire recordkeeping guidelines. The SOII excludes all work–related fatalities as well as nonfatal work injuries and illnesses to the self–employed, to workers on farms with 10 or fewer employees, to private household workers, to volunteers, and to federal government workers. For more information on the scope and sampling methodology see the SOII Handbook of Methods.

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Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and case type, Wisconsin, 2019
Industry(1)(2)(3)Total recordable casesCases with days away from work, job transfer, or restrictionOther recordable cases
TotalCases with days away from work(4)Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

3.41.70.90.81.7

Private industry

3.31.70.90.81.6

Goods-producing

4.02.10.91.21.9

Natural resources and mining

3.71.81.20.61.9

Construction

3.61.30.70.62.3

Manufacturing

4.22.41.01.41.8

Service-providing

3.01.40.80.61.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

4.02.41.41.01.6

Information

1.50.90.80.10.6

Financial activities

1.00.50.30.10.6

Professional and business services

1.30.60.30.20.7

Education and health services

4.01.60.80.82.4

Leisure and hospitality

3.31.10.80.42.2

Other services, except public administration

2.20.70.50.21.4

State and local government

4.21.91.30.72.3

State government

3.21.61.10.41.6

Local government

4.62.01.30.72.6

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction and related support activities. Data for mining operators in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add up to totals. Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Table 2. Numbers of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by selected industries and case types, Wisconsin, 2019 (numbers in thousands)
Industry(1)(2)(3)Total recordable casesCases with days away from work, job transfer, or restrictionOther recordable cases
TotalCases with days away from work(4)Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

76.237.720.317.438.5

Private industry

65.532.817.115.732.6

Goods-producing

25.113.25.87.411.8

Natural resources and mining

1.00.50.30.20.5

Construction

4.21.50.80.62.7

Manufacturing

19.911.34.76.68.6

Service-providing

40.419.611.38.320.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

17.010.25.84.36.8

Information

0.70.40.4(5)0.3

Financial activities

1.40.60.50.20.8

Professional and business services

3.01.40.80.61.6

Education and health services

12.14.92.42.57.2

Leisure and hospitality

5.11.81.20.63.4

Other services, except public administration

1.20.40.30.10.8

State and local government

10.74.83.21.75.9

State government

2.11.10.80.31.1

Local government

8.63.82.41.44.8

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction and related support activities. Data for mining operators in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.
(5) Data do not meet publication guidelines.

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add up to totals. Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Table 3. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and employment size, Wisconsin, 2019
Industry(1)(2)(3)All establishmentsEstablishment employment size (workers)
1 to 1011 to 4950 to 249250 to 9991,000 or more

All industries including state and local government

3.41.53.54.03.43.1

Private industry

3.31.43.44.13.13.2

Goods-producing

4.01.44.94.73.33.4

Natural resources and mining

3.71.13.84.4--

Construction

3.6-5.53.82.3-

Manufacturing

4.22.14.94.93.53.5

Service-providing

3.01.32.93.72.93.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

4.01.93.54.64.94.8

Information

1.5(4)-3.00.5-

Financial activities

1.0-1.21.20.50.4

Professional and business services

1.3-1.51.70.91.6

Education and health services

4.02.14.04.14.04.4

Leisure and hospitality

3.3-2.94.83.85.6

Other services, except public administration

2.2-3.44.13.3-

State and local government

4.2-6.13.75.63.1

State government

3.2(4)-3.57.02.2

Local government

4.6-6.23.75.14.8

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction and related support activities. Data for mining operators in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Data do not meet publication guidelines.

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. Dashes indicate data not available.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Table 4. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and selected case type with measures of statistical significance, Wisconsin, 2018–19
Industry(1)(2)(3)Total recordable casesCases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (4)
2018201920182019

All industries including state and local government

3.63.4*1.91.7*

Private industry

3.63.3*1.91.7*

Goods-producing

4.24.02.32.1*

Natural resources and mining

4.13.72.41.8

Construction

4.03.61.81.3

Manufacturing

4.24.22.42.4

Service-providing

3.33.0*1.71.4*

Trade, transportation, and utilities

4.44.02.72.4

Information

1.41.50.80.9

Financial activities

1.51.00.70.5

Professional and business services

1.51.30.80.6

Education and health services

4.14.01.71.6

Leisure and hospitality

3.53.31.21.1

Other services, except public administration

2.82.21.30.7

State and local government

4.24.22.01.9

State government

3.33.21.61.6

Local government

4.54.62.12.0

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction and related support activities. Data for mining operators in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.

Note: Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
* An asterisk indicates a significant difference between the current year and prior year values, when testing at 95% confidence level.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, February 08, 2021