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CONN-OSHA Report Finds Injuries And Illnesses In Connecticut Up Slightly In 2000

For immediate release
December 26, 2001

WETHERSFIELD -- An annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses compiled by the Department of Labor's CONN-OSHA division shows a total of Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office1,600 injuries and illnesses were reported in Connecticut public and private sector workplaces during 2000. That translates into a rate of 7.3 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers, Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman reported today. A slight decrease in the private sector rate was more than offset by an increase in the injury and illness rate for public sector employees, he points out. The survey shows a 2.3 percent increase in the number of cases since last year, a fact offset by a 1.9 percent increase in hours worked in 2000. That amounts to an increase in the incidence rate from 7.2 in 1999 to 7.3 in 2000.

"The overall Connecticut incidence rate of reported injuries and illnesses rose slightly, for the second consecutive year, from the all-time low level of 7.1 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers in 1998. After increasing to 7.2 in 1999, the overall rate rose again in 2000 to a level of 7.3 (Table 1)," explains Joseph Weber, CONN-OSHA Research Analyst Supervisor, who helped prepare the report. "The private sector rate of 6.7 is a decrease from the level of 6.8 in 1999, but still above the all-time low rate of 6.6 set in 1998. After three consecutive years with an incidence rate of 9.0, the private sector rate in Connecticut dropped to 8.5 in 1994, 8.0 in 1995, 7.4 in 1996 and 6.6 for 1997 and 1998 before rising in 1999 and dropping again in 2000 (Table 6)."

Connecticut Public Sector – The incidence rate for Connecticut’s state and local government employees, Weber said, increased in 2000, after two straight years of record lows. The rate rose from an all-time low of 11.2 in 1999 to a level of 12.0 for 2000. The increase was seen in both the state government and the local government divisions, both rising from 1999 rates, which were the lowest injury and illness rates since public sector data was first collected in 1975. State government increased from 7.9 in 1999 to 9.9 in 2000, while local government showed a more modest rise, from 13.1 to 13.2.

National Rates and Totals – The national rate of occupational injuries and illnesses in the private sector declined for the eighth year in a row to another all-time low in 2000. A total of 5.7 million injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces last year, a rate of 6.1 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers reported about the same number of cases and a 2 percent increase in hours worked as compared with 1999, Weber said. That reduced the case rate from 6.3 in 1999 to 6.1 in 2000. Every major industry division experienced a decline in the workplace injury and illness rates over the year, except for slight increases in mining and finance, while the service division remained unchanged from 1999.

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 (See Footnote 1, Table 1). The 2000 injury and illness rates ranged from 12.0 in state and local government, to 1.6 in finance, insurance and real estate. Normally, fluctuations occur within the Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office major industry divisions in the state whether or not there is an increase or decrease in the overall incidence rate of work-related injuries and illnesses. In 2000, five major industry divisions reported decreases in their injury and illness rates – construction, transportation and public utilities, wholesale trade, finance insurance and real estate, and services. The other five industry divisions reported increases – agriculture, mining, manufacturing, retail trade and state and local government (Table 5).

Highest Rate Industries - An examination of the industries with the ten highest rates of occupational injury and illness shows that the public sector continues to be the most hazardous (Table 1). Local government contributed four of the top five industries: public works – street & highway (35.0), sanitary services (28.2), justice, public order and safety (25.1), and parks and recreation (19.9). The fourth highest industry was private sector air transportation (20.7). These were followed by state government social services (17.7), retail food stores (13.8) and water transportation (13.7). Fabricated metal products manufacturing (13.2) and trucking and warehousing (12.5) round out the top-ten list.

Lost Workday Cases - Slightly under half of the Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office1,600 cases in 2000 (50,700) were lost workday cases. That is, they required recuperation away from work or restricted duties at work, or both (Table 2). The incidence rate for lost workday cases has increased slightly from 1999 to 2000 in both the private sector (3.4 to 3.5) and in Connecticut’s public sector (4.4 to 4.6). This resulted in the lost workday case rate for all industries rising over the year from 3.5 to 3.6 (Table 5).

Injuries - Of the Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office1,600 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2000, 95,200 (94 percent) 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 (Table 3).

Illnesses - There were about 6,400 newly reported cases of occupational illnesses in Connecticut in 2000, just over 6 percent of the total number of injuries and illnesses reported statewide. Over 43 percent of the reported occupational illnesses, 2,800 cases, were in the manufacturing division (Table 4).

About the Survey

The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has just completed the seventh year of a redesigned survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. DOL, using additional information collected for 1999, has already released details on who sustained workplace injuries and illnesses and how they occurred. Data from 2000 is due to be released next spring. Summary statistics comparable to those provided in previous years will continue to be reported. The revised survey enables DOL to provide case characteristics, demographic data and injury and illness profiles that will allow analysis of such variables as the age, sex and occupation of the injured worker as well as the nature, body part affected, and type and source of the injury or illness. The goal is to better recognize and abate work hazards.

The Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses is a federal-state program in which employer reports are collected and processed by the Connecticut DOL in cooperation with BLS. Approximately 4,500 establishments representing private industry (except for mines and railroads) and state and local government were sampled for 2000.

The survey excludes the self employed, farmers with fewer than 11 employees, private households, and employees in federal government agencies. Under a separate system, agencies of the federal government file work injury and illness reports with the U.S. Labor Secretary.

Occupational injuries and illnesses for coal, metal and nonmetal mining and railroad activities were provided to BLS by the U.S. DOL Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The annual survey estimates of occupational injuries and illnesses are based on a scientifically selected sample, rather than a census of the entire population. Results for sample-based estimates may differ from the results obtained from a population census. The sample used was one of many possible samples, each of which could have produced different estimates. The variation in the sample estimates across all possible samples that could have been drawn is measured by the standard error. This can be used to calculate a "confidence interval" around the sample estimate. Details are available from the state DOL Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Unit.

The data also is subject to non-sampling error such as inability to obtain information about all cases in the sample, mistakes in recording or coding the data and difficulties in agreeing on definitions.

Contact: Paul Oates  (860) 263-6539


2000 Summary Data Tables

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  • Table 1: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and selected case types, 2000  

  • Table 2: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and selected case types, 2000  

  • Table 3: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries by industry division and employment size, 2000  

  • Table 4: Number of nonfatal occupational illnesses by industry division and selected case types, 2000  

  • Table 5: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry division and selected case types, 1998-2000

  • Table 6: Occupational injury and illness incidence rates per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers, (1) 1976-99 (2)  (PDF, 11KB)


2000 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, 1999 & 2000  (PDF, 6KB)

  • Chart 2: Percent distribution of occupational illnesses by category of illness, Connecticut, all industries, 2000  (PDF, 16KB)

  • 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, 2000  (PDF, 6KB)

2000 Case and Demographic Data Tables

Private Industry

  • Table 1: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, private industry  

  • Table 3: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, private industry  

  • Table 10: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, state government  

  • Table 3: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, state government  

  • Table 10: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, local government 

  • Table 3: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, 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, 2000, Connecticut, local government  

  • Table 10: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry division and number of days away from work, 2000, Connecticut, local government.

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