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CONN-OSHA Annual Survey Shows 76,000 Injuries and Illnesses in Connecticut Workplaces During 2002

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WETHERSFIELD, Jan. 14 - A total of 76,600 injuries and illnesses were reported in Connecticut’s public and private sector workplaces during 2002, according to an annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses compiled by the Department of Labor’s CONN-OSHA division and released today. The total translates into a rate of 5.7 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers, Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman reports. 

The private sector rate of 5.4 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent workers was offset by a rate of 8.8 in Connecticut’s public sector.

Revisions to the Survey

Effective Jan. 1, 2002, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its requirements for recording occupational injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the primary source for the estimates of occupational injuries and illnesses in this release, is based on employers’ records of injuries and illnesses. 

“As a result of the OSHA record keeping revisions that took effect in 2002, it is not possible to compare the current rates and totals to data that has been collected and published in Connecticut since this survey began in 1971,” explains Joseph Weber, CONN-OSHA Associate Research Analyst. Weber, who helped prepare the report, added that, “Although this ‘break in series’ does not allow year-to-year comparisons, we can still use the injury and illness rates to analyze variations by industry or compare state and national data.”

Connecticut Public Sector

The incidence rate for Connecticut’s state and local government employees, Weber said, was measured at 8.8 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers in 2002. This rate is significantly higher than the private sector rate of 5.4 primarily due to hazardous occupations unique to the public sector such as police officers and firefighters. Overall, the public sector contributed 13,200 of Connecticut’s 76,600 work-related injuries and illnesses (17%) while providing 12% of the employment.

National Rates and Totals

A total of 4.7 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces during 2002, resulting in a rate of 5.3 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.  Approximately 2.5 million injuries and illnesses were cases with days away from work, job transfer or restriction. The remaining 2.2 million injuries and illnesses were other recordable cases that did not result in time away from work. The incidence rate for cases with days away from work, job transfer or restriction was 2.8

cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 workers, and the rate for other recordable cases was 2.5. Among the industry divisions, incidence rates during 2002 ranged from 7.2 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers in manufacturing to 1.7 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers in finance, insurance, and real estate.

Industry Comparisons

To account for differences in industry employment and hours worked, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates incidence rates relating the number of injuries and/or illnesses to employee hours in the workplace. This can be found in footnote 1, table 1. Every employer is categorized in one of Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office major industry divisions which make up the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system. The 2002 injury and illness rates ranged from 8.8 cases in state and local government, to 1.6 cases in finance, insurance and real estate.

In descending order by major industry division, the public sector was followed by agriculture (7.9 cases), construction (7.5), transportation and public utilities (7.4), wholesale trade (7.4), manufacturing (6.0), and retail trade (5.8). Services (4.8), mining (3.7) and finance (1.6) complete the list.

Highest Rate Industries (Table 1)

An examination of the industries with the Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office highest rates of occupational injury and illness shows that the public sector continues to be the most hazardous. The public sector had the five highest rates with local government contributing four of the top five industries: sanitary services (32.6 cases); public works – street & highway (24.5); police protection (22.7); and fire protection (18.1).  State government health services had the second highest rate (26.5). These industries were followed by nursing and personal care facilities (17.7), local and interurban passenger transit (15.2), and general merchandise stores (12.7).  Local government parks and recreation (12.2) and primary metals industries (12.1) round out the top-ten list.

“DART” Cases (Table 2) 

More than half of the 76,600 cases in 2002 (40,800) were cases involving days away from work, restriction or job transfer. These cases required recuperation away from work, transfer to another job, restricted duties at work, or a combination of these actions. Of these cases, the majority (26,300) involved days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction while the remainder (14,500 cases) involved transfer or restriction only.

Injuries (Table 3)

Of the 76,600 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2002, 72,200 (94%) were injuries that resulted in either lost worktime, medical treatment other than first aid, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or transfer to another job. Injury rates are generally higher for mid-sized establishments employing 50 to 249 workers than for smaller or larger establishments. However, this pattern does not hold within certain industry divisions.

Illnesses (Table 4)

There were about 4,400 newly reported cases of occupational illnesses in Connecticut in 2002, just under 6% of the total number of injuries and illnesses reported statewide. Approximately 30% of the reported occupational illnesses (1,300 cases) were in the manufacturing division.

Survey Notes

The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses is a Federal/State program in which employer reports were collected from about 182,800 private industry establishments nationwide in 2002 and processed by State agencies cooperating with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Connecticut DOL sampled approximately 4,500 establishments in the private and public sectors. The survey measures nonfatal injuries and illnesses only. The survey excludes the self-employed; farms with fewer than 11 employees; private households; Federal government agencies; and, for national estimates, employees in State and local government agencies. The annual survey  provides estimates of the number and frequency (incidence rates) of workplace injuries and illnesses based on logs kept by private industry employers during the year. These records reflect not only the year’s injury and illness experience, but also the employer’s understanding of which

cases are work related under recordkeeping rules promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. On Jan. 19, 2001, OSHA promulgated revisions to its requirements for recording occupational injuries and illnesses. These revisions became effective Jan. 1, 2002, and are, therefore, reflected in the 2002 survey.

Details about the revised requirements, including a summary of the revisions and a comparison between the old and the new requirements, are available from the OSHA Internet site located at www.osha--slc.gov/recordkeeping/index.html or by calling OSHA’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-693-1999.

Due to the revised requirements, the estimates from the 2002 survey are not comparable with those from prior years. The survey was not designed to be able to determine the impact of the revision on the estimates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses.

Occupational injury and illness data for coal, metal, and nonmetal mining and for railroad activities were provided by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), respectively. Neither of these agencies adopted the revised OSHA recordkeeping requirements for 2002. Therefore, estimates for these industries for 2002 are not comparable with estimates for other industries, but are comparable with estimates for prior years.

The survey estimates of occupational injuries and illnesses are based on a scientifically selected probability sample, rather than a census of the entire population. Because the data are based on a sample survey, the injury and illness estimates probably differ from the figures that would be obtained from all units covered by the survey. To determine the precision of each estimate, a standard error was calculated. The standard error defines a range (confidence interval) around the estimate. The approximate 95-percent confidence interval is the estimate plus or minus twice the standard error. The standard error also can be expressed as a percent of the estimate, or the relative standard error. For example, the 95% confidence interval for an incidence rate of 6.5 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers with a relative standard error of 1.0% would be 6.5 plus or minus 2% (two times 1.0%) or 6.37 to 6.63. One can be 95% confident that the “true” incidence rate falls within the confidence interval.

The 2002 national incidence rate for all occupational injuries and illnesses of 5.3 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers in private industry has an estimated relative standard error of about 0.7%. A relative standard error was calculated for each estimate from the survey and will be available on the BLS Internet site at http://www.bls.gov/iif/home.htm, as well as published in a BLS bulletin that is scheduled to be available at a later date.

The data also are subject to nonsampling error. The inability to obtain information about all cases in the sample, mistakes in recording or coding the data, and definition difficulties are examples of nonsampling error in the survey. Nonsampling errors are not measured. However, BLS has implemented quality assurance procedures to minimize nonsampling error in the survey.


2002 Summary Data Tables

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  • Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2002

  • Table 2. Numbers of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2002

  • Table 3. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry division and employment size, 2002

  • Table 4. Incidence rates and numbers of nonfatal occupational illnesses by industry division and category of illness, 2002

  • Table 5. Incidence rates and numbers of nonfatal occupational injuries by industry, 2002

2002 Summary Charts
 

  • Chart 1. Incidence rates per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers for total nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry division, Connecticut and All United States, 2002

  • Chart 2. Number of cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction, by case type and private industry divisions, state government, and local government Connecticut, 2002

  • Chart 3. Major industry groups with the highest nonfatal occupational injury and illness incidence rates per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time employees for total cases, Connecticut, 2002

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2002 Case and Demographic Data Tables

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Private Industry

  • Table 1: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  
  • Table 2:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  
  • Table 3: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2002,  Connecticut, private industry 
  • Table 4:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  
  • Table 5:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  
  • Table 6: Incidence rates for nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office,000 full-time workers for selected characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, private industry
  • Table 7: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, private industry   
  • Table 8: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected occupations and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  
  • Table 9:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury or illness characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, private industry 
  • Table Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, private industry  

State Government

  • Table 1:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 2:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 3:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 4: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 5:  Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government 
  • Table 6:Incidence rates for nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office,000 full-time workers for selected characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 7:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table 8:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected occupations and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, state government 
  • Table 9: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury or illness characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, state government  
  • Table Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, state government  

Local Government

  • Table 1:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 2: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government 
  • Table 3:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 4:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 5: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 6:Incidence rates for nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office,000 full-time workers for selected characteristics and industry division, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 7: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table 8:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected occupations and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, local government 
  • Table 9: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury or illness characteristics and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, local government  
  • Table Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2002, Connecticut, local government 

Safety and Health Statistics

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