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December 16, 2011

BLS Reports Nonfatal Occupational Injury, Illness data for 2010

The rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work was 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2010, statistically unchanged from 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of cases decreased 4 percent to 1,191,100, and the median days away from work was 8 days, the same as the previous year.

Key Findings:Kitchen Safety Signs
  • The incidence rate for food preparation and serving related workers increased 10 percent to 116 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
  • The incidence rate for healthcare support workers increased 6 percent to 283 days-away-from-work cases per 10,000 full-time workers.  
  • Incidence rates for construction and extraction workers declined 17 percent
  • Contact with objects and equipment remained the top injury-causing event, followed by overexertion injuries, which increased by 3 percent.
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Injury / Illness Incidence Rates for Selected Industries:
Incidence Rate  
Transportation and warehousing 232
Forkllift safety sign

Local government 180.6
State government 175.1
Health care & social assistance 139.9
Natural resources and mining 137.7
Burried Cable Safety Sign

Retail trade 118.4
Accommodation and food services 103
Educational services 61.5

Most Common Injury Events / Exposures:

Injury Event
Incidence Rate
Contact with object 28.1
Fall Protection Sign

Fall on same level 18
Fall to lower level 7.3
Transportation incident
Exposure to harmful substance / environment 5.2
Assault / violent act 4.9
Machine Safety Sign

Slip / trip without fall 3.8
Repetitive motion 3.5
Fire / explosion 0.3
All other 14.2

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