Workplace Injury rates drop in 2014

On November 19, 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released statistics for 2014 showing that the overall incidence rate of non-fatal occupational injury and illnesses cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 107.1 cases per 10,000 full time workers.  In total, there were 1,157,410 days away from work cases in private industry, state and local government.  This was essentially unchanged from the number of cases reported in 2013.  Read OSHA press release.

Here is some interesting data from the OSHA statistics:

  • For private industry, the incidence rate for number of days away from work cases was 97.8 cases per 10,000 full time workers.  Median days away from work for all types of injuries and illnesses was 9 days.
  • Rate of falls on the same level in private industry is larger than in 2011 and 2012.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 32 percent of al injury and injury cases in 2014.
  • MSD incidence rate decreased to 33.8 cases per 10,000 full time workers.
  • The private sector occupations with the highest injury rates were construction laborers and tractor trailer truck drivers.
  • Leading type of injury or illness in 2014 was sprains, strains or tears with 420,870 (about 1/3 of all cases).  Median days away from work for this type of case was 10 days away.
  • Falls, slips and trips accounted for 27 percent of all cases.

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