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A Closer Look at the BLS' Findings on 2009 Workplace Injuries - II

The previous workers' compensation defense post explored the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recent release of the 2009 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

According to the 2009 Survey, the total number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined precipitously from the previous year.

To illustrate, in 2008, the total number of recorded nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers was 3.7 million, a rate of 3.9 per 100 full-time employees. In 2009, however, the total number of recorded nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers was 3.3 million, a rate of exactly 3.6 cases per 100 full-time employees.

(Please see "A Closer Look at the BLS' Findings on 2009 Workplace Injuries" for more information.

Today's post will continue this discussion of the 2009 Survey...

The 2009 Survey is an extensive undertaking that encompasses a vast array of findings. For instance, it breaks the statistics regarding workplace injuries and illnesses down by industry/sector, occupation, types of incident, employer size and geography.

A complete analysis of the 2009 Survey is clearly beyond the scope of this blog entry. However, it is still worthwhile to examine a few of the survey's more noteworthy findings:

  • Approximately 3.1 million of the 3.3 million injuries and illnesses were classified as workplace injuries. This breaks down by industry as follows: 75 percent of injuries occurred in service-providing industries and 25 percent of injuries occurred in goods-producing industries
  • Roughly five percent of the 3.3 million injuries and illnesses were classified as illnesses. Overall, the rate of illness declined from 19.7 per 10,000 employees in 2008 to 18.3 cases per 10,000 employees in 2009.

Why are these figures so important for employers?

Employers in all industries should take the time to review the 2009 Survey and consider implementing the necessary measures to facilitate the reporting, investigation and prevention of injuries/illnesses.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal or medical advice.

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

Related Resources:

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - 2009 (U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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