CONN-OSHA Survey Shows Decline in Rate and
Numbers of Injuries and Illnesses in Connecticut Workplaces in 2004
Annual Report Notes
Decreases for Both Public and Private Sectors
For immediate release
December 13, 2005
WETHERSFIELD, A total of 68,200 injuries and illnesses were reported in
Connecticut’s public and private sector workplaces during 2004, according to the
annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses compiled by the Department
of Labor’s CONN-OSHA division. The total represents a rate of 5.2 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0
equivalent full-time workers – a decline from 2003, when the rate of injuries
and illnesses was 5.5 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers.
to Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman, the private sector rate of injuries and
illnesses in 2004 was 4.8 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 workers, a decrease when compared to 5.1
cases in 2003. The public sector – state government and local municipal
government operations – also declined in 2004 to a rate of 8.4, down from 8.6 in
is a result of a 5.7 percent decrease in the number of cases reported while the
number of hours worked remained virtually unchanged.
Revisions to the Survey: Change
in Industry Classifications
with the 2003 reference year, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
began using the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). In
comparison, the survey used the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system
prior to 2003. As a result, while industry comparisons are possible between
reference years 2003 and 2004, it is advised that users of the data do not make
comparisons between current results and years prior to 2003.
Connecticut Public Sector
incidence rate for Connecticut’s state and local government employees was
measured at 8.4 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers in 2004, down from
the rate of 8.6 in 2003. Local municipal government operations rose from a rate
of 8.7 in 2003 to 9.0 in 2004 while state government decreased from 8.3 to 7.0
over the same time period. The rate of total recordable cases in the public
sector is significantly higher than the private sector rate of 4.8 primarily due
to hazardous occupations unique to the public sector such as police officers and
firefighters. Overall, the public sector accounted for 13,700 of Connecticut’s
68,200 work-related injuries and illnesses (20%) while providing 13% of the
National Rates and Totals
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. A total of 4.3
million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry
workplaces during 2004, which is a rate of 4.8 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent
full-time workers. In comparison, the rate of injuries and illnesses in 2003 was
5 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers. In looking at the 2004 numbers, approximately
2.2 million injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work, job transfer
restriction. This figure includes a required recuperation period away from work,
transfer to another job, restricted duties at work, or a combination of these
situations. The remaining 2 million cases did not result in time away from work.
The incidence rate for cases with days away from work, job transfer or
restriction was 2.5 incidents per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 workers, while the rate for other
recordable cases was 2.3. Both of these rates decreased by 0.1 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0
full-time workers from 2003.
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
the workplace. This formula can be table 1 that is accompanied by this release.
Every employer is categorized in one of 20 industry sectors that make up the
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Within sectors, the 2004
injury and illness rates for Connecticut ranged from Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office.5 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0
equivalent full-time workers in the transportation and warehousing sector to 1.0
in finance and insurance.
Highest Rate Industries - Table
1 (PDF, 20KB)
A look at
the industries with the ten highest rates of occupational injury and illness
shows that the public sector continues to be the most hazardous. The public
sector had four of the Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office highest rates, with local government in the top two
industries: fire protection (28.7 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers)
and public works – street and highway (25.0). These industries were followed by
private sector warehousing and storage (22.7), local government police
protection (19.6), couriers and messengers (15.1), nursing and residential care
facilities (13.3), and primary metal manufacturing (12.9). Local government
parks and recreation (12.5), forging and stamping manufacturing (9.7) and truck
transportation (9.7) round out the top-ten list.
“DART” Cases - Table
2 (PDF, 21KB)
half of the 68,200 cases in 2004 (36,900) 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 (24,800) involved days away from
work with or without job transfer or restriction while the remainder (12,200
cases) involved transfer or restriction only.
Injuries and Size-Class - Table
3 (PDF, 36KB)
68,200 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2004, 63,600 (93%) were injuries that
resulted in either lost work time, medical treatment other than first aid, loss
of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or transfer to another job.
Although injury and illness rates are generally higher for mid-sized
establishments employing 50 to 249 workers than for smaller or larger
establishments, this pattern does not hold within certain industry divisions.
Illnesses - Table
4 (PDF, 12KB)
about 4,600 newly reported cases of occupational illnesses in Connecticut in
2004, just fewer than 7% of the total number of injuries and illnesses reported
statewide. The manufacturing sector, combined with the education and health
services sector, contributed over half of the illness cases. They each had
approximately 1,200 occupational illnesses in 2004, or 26% of the total.
of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses is a federal/state program in which
employer reports were collected from about 173,800 private industry
establishments nationwide in 2004 and processed by state agencies cooperating
with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Connecticut Labor Department
sampled approximately 4,500 establishments in the private and public sectors.
The survey measures nonfatal injuries and illnesses only.
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 and public sector employers during the year. These
records reflect not only the year’s injury and illness experience, but also the
employers’ understanding of which cases are work related under record keeping
rules revised by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S.
Department of Labor and made effective on Jan. 1, 2002. Effective Jan. 1, 2004,
OSHA further revised the record keeping rules by adding hearing loss as a
separate identified illness category.
this release mark the second time for the Survey of Occupational Injuries and
Illnesses that establishments are classified by industry based on the 2002 North
American Industry Classification System Manual, as defined by the Office of
Management and Budget. NAICS recognizes hundreds of new businesses in the United
States economy, most of which are in the service providing sector. NAICS
classifies establishments into a detailed industry based on the production
processes and provided services. As a result of the conversion to NAICS, the
estimates by industry from the 2003 and 2004 surveys are not comparable with
those from prior years.
Occupational injury and illness data for coal, metal, and nonmetal mining and
for railroad activities were provided by the federal Department of Labor’s Mine
Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Department of Transportation’s
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Neither of these agencies adopted the
revised OSHA record keeping requirements for 2004. Therefore, estimates for
these industries are not comparable with estimates for other industries.
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
likely 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% 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 national 2004
incidence rate for all occupational injuries and illnesses of 4.8 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 0.6%. The 95% confidence interval would be 4.8 plus or minus 1.2%
percent (2 times 0.6%) or 4.74 to 4.86. One can be 95% confident that the “true”
incidence rate falls within the confidence interval. A relative standard error
was calculated for each estimate from the survey and will be available on the
BLS Internet site at
of injuries and illnesses reported in any year can be influenced by the level of
economic activity, working conditions and work practices, worker experience and
training, and the number of hours worked. 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. Non-sampling errors are not
measured. However, BLS has implemented quality assurance procedures to minimize
nonsampling error in the survey.
2004 Summary Data Tables
2004 Case and Demographic
Safety and Health Statistics
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