Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2012

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release, USDL-13-2119, November 7, 2013

Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (See tables 1 and 2.) The rate reported for 2012 continues the pattern of statistically significant declines that, with the exception of 2011, occurred annually for the last decade.

Key findings from the 2012 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses:
* The total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate of injury and illness among private industry establishments declined in 2012 from a year earlier, as did the rate for other recordable cases not requiring time away from work. The rate for cases of a more serious nature involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction–commonly referred to as DART–was unchanged in 2012, as a decline in the rate of cases involving days away from work was offset by the rate for cases involving job transfer or restriction only which was unchanged. (See chart 1.)
* No private industry sector experienced an increase in the rate of injuries and illnesses in 2012.
* Manufacturing was the only private industry sector in 2012 in which the rate of job transfer or restriction only cases exceeded the rate of cases with days away from work. This continues a 15-year trend. However, the rates for these two case types have been converging in recent years and differed by only 0.2 case in 2012.
* The incidence rate of injuries only among private industry workers declined to 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2012–down from 3.3 cases in 2011. (See table 5.) In comparison, the incidence rate of illness cases was statistically unchanged in 2012. (See table 6a.)
* The rate of injuries and illnesses among state and local government workers of 5.6 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2012 was statistically unchanged from 2011, but was still significantly higher than the private industry rate. The incidence rates for state government and local government individually also remained statistically unchanged in 2012–4.4 cases and 6.1 cases per 100 full-time workers, respectively.