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March 19, 2010

New Data Shows Injury / Illness Rates Higher Among Government Workers Than In Private Sector

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the first national data for state and local government on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in 2008. The data show private industry with a better safety record than their government counterparts.
Incidence rates were higher for government workers than private industry (See graph at right), and days away from work were highest among local government workers.
Other findings:
Blue_Bullet_Small The most common injury - sprains and strains - occurred at rates of 82.8 per 10,000 full-time workers in local government, 67.1 in state government and 43.8 for private industry.
Blue_Bullet_Small Local government workers accounted for 15 percent of the total 1.4 million days-away-from-work cases, while employing just 9 percent of workers.
Blue_Bullet_Small The incidence rate for falls on the same level in local government was 36, compared to 28 for state government and 17 for private industry.
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