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For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Technical information: (202) 691-6170 • • Media contact: (202) 691-5902 • NONFATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND ILLNESSES REQUIRING DAYS AWAY FROM WORK FOR STATE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS, 2008 There were 277,680 occupational injuries andillnesses with days away from work reported for State and local government combined in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fifty percent occurred in service occupations, including health care support and protective service workers. In contrast, 22 percent of the injuries and illnesses in private industry occurred in service occupations. State government workers sustained occupationalinjuries and illnesses at an incidence rate of 170 cases per 10,000 full-time workers and required a median of 8 days away from work to recuperate. The incidence rate for local government workers was 195 and the median days away from work was 9. For comparison, the incidence rate for private industry was 113 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. There were a total of 206,580 cases of days away from workin local government and 71,100 cases in State government. Sprains and strains comprised 43 percent of the injuries and illness in local government at an incidence rate of 83 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. For State government, sprains and strains comprised 39 percent of the cases at a rate of 67 per 10,000 full-time workers (see table 3). Key findings for injuries and illnesses requiringdays away from work for State government and local government in 2008: Local government workers accounted for 15 percent of the 1.4 million days-away-from-work cases reported for private industry, State government, and local government combined--higher than their share of employment (9 percent) (see chart A). The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time workers for assaults and violent acts by person inState government was 27 (compared to 2 for private industry) (see table 3). Fifty-three percent of these assaults and violent acts by a person occurred to the following three occupations: correctional officers and jailers; psychiatric aides; and psychiatric technicians (see table 5). The incidence rate for falls on the same level in local government was 36 (compared to 17 for private industry).Thirty-seven percent of falls to the same level (see table 5) occurred to the following five occupations: janitors and cleaners; police and sheriff’s patrol officers; elementary school teachers; teacher assistants; and secondary school teachers. The proportion of injuries and illnesses occurring to workers with over five years of service with an employer was greater for both State government (58percent) and local government (60 percent) than for private industry (31 percent) (see table 6). The 2008 results announced today present the first national data for State government and local government on the case circumstances and worker characteristics for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work. Data for total recordable cases for State and local government werereported in the Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, 2008 news release issued in October 2009.

Chart A. Injuries and illnesses and employment by ownership, 2008

Private industry 80%

Private industry 86%

Local government 15%

State government 5%

Local government 9%

State government 5%

Injuries and illnesses with days away from work
(Total cases= 1,355,820 )

Employment(Current Population Survey, Wage and Salary Workers)

Occupation State government. Workers in protective service occupations suffered the most injuries and illnesses with days away from work (19,720), followed by healthcare support occupations with 8,860 cases, and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations with 7,550 cases. Combined these three occupational groups accounted for 51...
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