BLS injury and illness report shows fewer missed work days

Severity of injuries and illnesses may be on the rise

Posted November 24, 2015

On November 19, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on the nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work for 2014. According to BLS, the overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 107.1 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2014, down from the 2013 rate of 109.4.

In 2014, there were 1,157,410 days away from work cases in private industry and state and local government. This is essentially unchanged from the number of cases reported in 2013. The median days away from work to recuperate was nine days in 2014, one day more than reported in 2013. According to BLS, this is a “key measure” of severity of injuries and illnesses.

In private industry in 2014, the number of days away from work cases (916,440) and the incidence rate (97.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers) was essentially unchanged from 2013.

Additional findings

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and laborers and freight, stock, and material movers in the private sector each had more than 50,000 injuries and illnesses in 2014 (each with 6 percent of total injuries and illnesses).
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 32 percent of all injury and illness cases in 2014 for all ownerships. The MSD incidence rate decreased to 33.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2014, down from 35.8 cases.
  • Injuries and illnesses to women for all ownerships accounted for 39 percent of the total days away from work cases in 2014. Compared with men, women had higher incidence rates and number of cases associated with intentional violence by persons, falls on the same level, and repetitive motion.

Read the full report at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf


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