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Ice, sleet, snow-related injuries down in 2017

Data show rate at 1.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, down from 2.1 in 2016

Posted March 12, 2019

In its “TED: The Economics Daily” blog, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) looked at rates of occupational injuries related to ice, sleet, and snow that resulted in at least one day away from work. The data show injuries occurred at a rate of 1.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2017, 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.

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 for 1.4 percent of the cases (290 cases) in 2017.

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