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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Nearly 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among private industry
employers in 2010, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers--
down from 3.6 cases in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers has declined significantly each year since 2002, when estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) were first published using the current OSHA requirements for recording
occupational injuries and illnesses.
Key findings from the 2010 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

* Incidence rates for injuries and illnesses combined among private industry establishments declined
significantly in 2010 for total recordable cases and for other recordable cases. The incidence rates for
cases with days away from work; for cases of job transfer and restriction; and for cases of days away
from work, job transfer, or restriction together each remained unchanged from 2009.

* Manufacturing was the sole private industry sector to experience an increase in the incidence rate of
injuries and illnesses in 2010--rising to 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers from 4.3 cases the year
earlier. The increased rate resulted from a larger decline in hours worked than the decline in the
number of reported cases in the industry sector. 

* The total recordable cases incidence rate in the private construction industry sector decreased by 0.3
cases to 4.0 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010--a seven percent decline. Specialty trade
contractors reported a similar decline of 0.3 cases in the injury and illness incidence rate--falling to
4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers--and was largely responsible for the reported decline in the
construction industry sector.

* Health care and social assistance experienced an incidence rate of injuries and illnesses of 5.2 cases
per 100 full-time workers--down from 5.4 cases in 2009--and was the lone industry sector in which
both reported employment and hours worked increased in 2010.

* The incidence rate of injuries only among private industry workers remained unchanged between
2009 and 2010 at 3.4 cases per 100 full-time workers.

* The incidence rate of illness cases alone remained relatively unchanged in 2010, as did rates among
all illness categories with the exception of poisoning, whose rate increased from 0.2 cases per 10,000
full-time workers in 2009 to 0.3 cases in 2010.

* National public sector estimates covering more than 18.4 million state and local government workers are available for the third consecutive year with an incidence rate of 5.7 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010, relatively unchanged from 2009.

 More than one-half of the 3.1 million private industry injury and illness cases reported nationally in
2010 were of a more serious nature that involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction--
commonly referred to as DART cases. These cases occurred at a rate of 1.8 cases per 100 full-time
workers, unchanged from 2009. (See table 7.) The rates for the two components of DART cases (cases
involving days away from work and those requiring job transfer or restriction) also remained unchanged in 2010--1.1 and 0.8 cases per 100 full-time workers, respectively. Manufacturing was the only private industry sector in 2010 in which the rate of job transfer or restriction cases exceeded the rate of cases with days away from work, continuing a 13-year trend. Other recordable cases--those not involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction--accounted for the remaining nearly 1.5 million injury and illness cases nationally and occurred at a lower rate in 2010 (1.7 cases per 100 full-time workers) compared to 2009 (1.8 cases).

Read a PDF of the complete press release here.

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