Key findings from the 2009 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses:
- The manufacturing sector reported the largest year-to-year decline in injuries and illnesses since NAICS was introduced in 2003 - falling by 161,100 cases (23%) from 2008 to 2009 to a rate of 4.3 cases per 100 workers.
- The construction sector reported 71,700 fewer cases in 2009, compared to 2008 - a 22 percent decline, lowering the incidence rate to 4.3.
- Slightly more than one-half of the 3.3 million private industry injury and illness cases reported nationally in 2009 were of a more serious nature that involved days away from work, job transfer, or Restriction - commonly referred to as DART cases
- Injuries accounted for about 3.1 million (94.9 percent) of injury and illness cases.