October 20, 2006
Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of 4.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers among private industry employers in 2005. This was a decline from the 2004 rate of 4.8 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.
Goods-producing industries as a whole had an injury and illness incidence rate of 6.2 cases per 100 full-time workers, while service-providing industries had a rate of 4.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. The incidence rate for goods-producing industries declined by 0.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers and the rate for service-providing industries fell by 0.1 case per 100 equivalent full-time workers compared to the rates reported for 2004.
Among goods-producing industry sectors, incidence rates during 2005 ranged from 3.6 cases per 100 full-time workers in mining to 6.3 cases per 100 full-time workers in construction and in manufacturing. Among service-providing industry sectors, incidence rates ranged from 1.0 case per 100 full-time workers in finance and insurance to 7.0 cases per 100 full-time workers in transportation and warehousing.
Data from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program provide a wide range of information about workplace injuries and illnesses by industry sector. Additional information is available from "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-1816.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Injuries and illnesses rates down again in 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/oct/wk3/art05.htm (visited March 31, 2015).
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