Serious injuries: How do your rates compare?
A total of 1.5 million injuries and illnesses in private industry required recuperation away from work beyond the day of the incident in 2001. The rate has steadily dropped since 1992, as have workplace injuries and illnesses in general.
- Men accounted for 65.7 percent of total cases (1.5 million), which is higher than their share of the hours worked (58.7 percent).
- Injuries and illnesses to workers aged 20 to 44 decreased, but still accounted for 65.0 percent of all injured workers while their share of hours worked was 62.9 percent.
- Workers aged 14 to 15 were the only age group that showed an increase in the number of injury and illness cases from 2000 to 2001.
- Hispanic workers showed a 3.2 percent increase in injuries and illnesses. Hispanic employment decreased in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry by 12.6 percent, while their injuries and illnesses increased by 20.1 percent.
SIDEBAR 1 - What causes severe injuries. . .1) Sprains, strains
2) Bruises, contusions
3) Cuts, lacerations
5) Heat burns
6) Carpal tunnel syndrome
8) Chemical burns
10) Multiple traumatic injuries
SIDEBAR 2 - What gets hurt. . .1) Trunk
3) Upper extremities
4) Lower extremities
6) Multiple parts
11) Hand (except finger)
12) Foot (except toe)
SIDEBAR 3 - Who gets hurt. . .1) Truck drivers
2) Nursing aides, orderlies
3) Laborers, nonconstruction
4) Construction laborers
5) Janitors and cleaners
9) Stocks handlers and baggers
10) Registered nurses