Market intelligence: Serious injuries are pervasive
50%+ of 2014 injuries involved days away from work, transfers or restrictions
More than half of the nearly 3.0 million private industry injury and illness cases reported in 2014 involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART cases), according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These cases occurred at a rate of 1.7cases per 100 full-time workers, unchanged from 2013. The rates for the two components of DART cases—DAFW cases and DJTR cases—were also unchanged at 1.0 case and 0.7 cases per 100 workers, respectively. Other recordable cases—those not involving days away from work or days of job transfer or restriction—accounted for the remaining nearly 1.4 million injury and illness cases in 2014, lowering the rate by 0.1 cases to 1.5 cases per 100 full-time workers.
The TRC injury and illness incidence rate declined for each of the individual establishment size classes in 2014. The rate of injuries and illnesses remained highest among mid-size private industry establishments (employing 50 to 249 workers) and lowest among small establishments (employing fewer than 11 workers).
Of the nearly 3.0 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2014, 2.8 million (95.1 percent) were injuries. (See table 5.) Among injuries, nearly 2.1 million (75.0 percent) occurred in service providing industries, which employed 82.4 percent of the private industry workforce. The remaining nearly 0.7 million injuries (25.0 percent) occurred in goods-producing industries, which accounted for17.6 percent of private industry employment.
Workplace illnesses accounted for 4.9 percent of the nearly 3.0 million injury and illness cases in 2014and occurred at a rate of 15.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, down 1.3 cases from 2013. (See tables6a and 6b.) Among individual illness categories, only the rate of reported skin diseases declined in 2014,falling 0.5 cases to 2.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. Rates among the other individual illness categories were relatively unchanged compared to a year earlier.
Goods-producing industries accounted for 35.6 percent of all occupational illness cases in 2014 ,resulting in an incidence rate of 26.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers—down 1.6 cases. Service providing industries accounted for 64.4 percent of private industry illness cases and experienced a rate of 12.5 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2014—down 1.2 cases.