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Injury and illness incidence rates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Illness and injury case incidence rates

A. Total injury and illness case rates [1]


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Year
Total cases per 100 FTE workers
1988 8.0
1989 8.2
1990 7.9
1991 8.1
1992 8.5
1993 8.6
1994 8.6
1995 8.4
1996 8.3
1997 7.5
1998 7.5
1999 6.8
2000 6.8
2001 6.2
Year
Total recordable cases per 100 FTE workers
2002 6.0
2003 5.5
2004 5.3
2005 5.1
2006 5.1
2007 4.6
2008 4.2
2009 3.8
2010 3.9
2011 3.8
2012 3.9

 

B. Total cases separated into lost-workday/DART cases and cases without lost workdays (other recordable cases) [1]


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  Lost-workday cases Cases without lost workdays
Year Rate per 100
FTE workers
Percentage
of total
Rate per 100
FTE workers
Percentage
of total
1988 3.6 45% 4.4 55%
1989 3.7 46% 4.4 54%
1990 3.7 46% 4.2 54%
1991 3.7 46% 4.4 54%
1992 3.7 44% 4.7 55%
1993 3.6 42% 5.0 58%
1994 3.7 43% 4.9 57%
1995 3.7 44% 4.7 56%
1996 3.5 42% 4.8 58%
1997 3.5 47% 4.0 53%
1998 3.4 45% 4.2 56%
1999 3.2 47% 3.6 53%
2000 3.4 50% 3.4 50%
2001 3.0 49% 3.2 51%
  DART cases Other recordable cases
2002 3.1 51% 2.9 49%
2003 2.8 51% 2.7 49%
2004 2.6 50% 2.7 50%
2005 2.4 48% 2.6 52%
2006 2.4 47% 2.7 53%
2007 2.2 49% 2.3 51%
2008 1.9 46% 2.3 54%
2009 1.8 48% 2.0 52%
2010 1.9 49% 2.0 50%
2011 1.8 48% 2.0 52%
2012 1.8 47% 2.0 53%

 

C. Cases with days away from work and cases with job transfer or work restrictions only [1]


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  Days-away-from-work cases Cases with restricted work activity only
Year Rate per 100
FTE workers
Percentage
of total
Rate per 100
FTE workers
Percentage
of total
1988 3.0 38% 0.6 7%
1989 3.0 37% 0.7 9%
1990 2.9 37% 0.8 10%
1991 2.7 37% 1.0 12%
1992 2.6 31% 1.1 13%
1993 2.5 29% 1.1 13%
1994 2.4 28% 1.3 15%
1995 2.3 27% 1.4 17%
1996 2.2 27% 1.3 16%
1997 2.0 27% 1.5 20%
1998 1.9 25% 1.5 20%
1999 1.8 26% 1.4 21%
2000 1.9 28% 1.5 22%
2001 1.7 27% 1.3 21%
  Cases with days away from work Cases with job transfer or restriction only
2002 1.7 28% 1.4 24%
2003 1.5 27% 1.3 24%
2004 1.5 27% 1.2 22%
2005 1.3 26% 1.1 22%
2006 1.3 26% 1.1 21%
2007 1.3 28% 1.0 21%
2008  1.1 26% 0.8 20%
2009 1.0 27% 0.8 21%
2010 1.1 28% 0.8 21%
2011 1.1 28% 0.7 19%
2012 1.1 27% 0.8 20%

 

1. Rates are shown as the number of cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers. An FTE worker is equal to 2,000 annual hours of work. Includes injuries and illnesses in the private sector and state and local governments. Due to OSHA recordkeeping changes, data for 2002 and later is not comparable with data from earlier years.

Source:  Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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