The nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2014 occurred at a rate of 3.2 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 2014 continues a pattern of declines that, with the exception of 2012, occurred annually for the last 12 years. Private industry employers reported nearly 54,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2014 compared to a year earlier. Because of this decline combined with an increase in reported hours worked, the total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate fell 0.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. The fall in the TRC rate was driven by a decline in the rate of other recordable cases, as rates for both cases involving days away from work (DAFW) and for cases of job transfer or restriction only (DJTR) were unchanged in 2014. …
….An estimated 722,300 injury and illness cases were reported in 2014 among the approximately 18.3 million state and local government workers–for example, police protection and fire protection– resulting in a rate of 5.0 cases per 100 full-time workers. The rate among these workers was relatively unchanged from a year earlier (5.2 cases) but was higher than the rate among private industry workers (3.2 cases) in 2014. Nearly 4 in 5 injuries and illnesses reported in the public sector occurred among local government workers in 2014, resulting in an injury and illness rate of 5.4 cases per 100 full-time workers–higher than the 4.1 cases per 100 full-time workers in state government…..
Nonfatal injury and illness rates by state, 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Economics Daily, November 06, 2015