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November 7, 2014

BLS Delays 2013 Safety Data Release After Finding Errors in Previous Reports

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After finding errors in 2011 and 2012 safety data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has delayed the release of 2013 data. The 2013 reports on Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work have been delayed from their planned October 30 and November 14, 2014 release dates.

The BLS recently identified data errors in its reports on national 2011 and 2012 private-sector nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Press releases featured incorrect data from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses:

  • Industry counts and frequency rates
  • Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work.

In addition to past news releases, some other BLS products contain incorrect data. Some of these products may be updated as corrected data become available.

The BLS attributes the errors to data processing errors and reports that "...state and local government estimates at the national level were minimally affected..." but state estimates were not. 

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