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Rate of severe occupational injuries and illnesses declines in 2012

December 02, 2013

The rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work to recuperate was 112 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012, down from 117 cases in 2011. Among the broad occupational groups in 2012, protective service occupations had the highest incidence rate, 329 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.

Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work per 10,000 full-time workers by occupation, 2012
Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work per 10,000 full-time workers by occupation, 2012
OccupationRate

Total, private industry and state and local government

112.4

Protective service

329.1

Transportation and material moving

278.4

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

262.0

Healthcare support

242.2

Installation, maintenance, and repair

219.3

Construction and extraction

188.5

Farming, fishing, and forestry

157.8

Production

151.5

Personal care and service

115.9

Healthcare practitioners and technical

109.3

Food preparation and serving related

104.9

Community and social services

94.2

Sales and related

55.8

Education, training, and library

55.6

Office and administrative support

47.6

Management

41.6

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

40.8

Life, physical, and social science

31.5

Architecture and engineering

17.3

Legal

16.5

Business and financial operations

15.3

Computer and mathematical

11.1

Transportation and material moving occupations had the second-highest incidence rate (278). Other occupational groups with incidence rates more than twice the overall average include building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (262) and healthcare support (242).

Among the broad occupational groups, computer and mathematical occupations had the lowest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, with 11 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012. Other occupational groups with low incidence rates include business and financial operations, legal, and architecture and engineering.

These data are from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days away from Work, 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑2257. The scope of the survey includes private industry and state and local government but excludes the self-employed, private households, the federal government, and the United States Postal Service.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Rate of severe occupational injuries and illnesses declines in 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131202.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

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