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CONN-OSHA Report Finds Injuries and Illnesses in Connecticut At All-Time Low

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WETHERSFIELD, Jan 14 - An annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses compiled by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA), shows a total of 91,800 injuries and illnesses were reported in Connecticut public and private sector workplaces during 2001.

Translating into a rate of 6.9 cases per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 equivalent full-time workers, the figure is the lowest overall occupational injury and illness rate in Connecticut’s 30-year history of publishing the annual Survey of Occupational Injury and Illness data, State Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman points out.

Both the private and public sectors of Connecticut’s workforce experienced a decrease in the injury and illness rate over the year.  The survey shows a 9.6 percent decline in the number of cases since last year, a fact offset by a five percent decrease in hours worked and employment in 2001. That amounts to a reduction in the incidence rate from 7.3 in 2000 to 6.9 in 2001.

The overall Connecticut incidence rate of reported injuries and illnesses dropped sharply in 2001, below the previous 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 before dropping to the current level of 6.9 (Table 1),” explains Joseph Weber, CONN-OSHA Research Analyst Supervisor, who helped prepare the report.

“The private sector rate of 6.3 is also well below the previous 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 and 2001(Table 6).”

Connecticut Public Sector – The incidence rate for Connecticut’s state and local government employees, Weber said, also decreased in 2001. Though still above the record low of 11.2 set in 1999, the public sector rate decreased from the 2000 level of 12.0 to a rate of 11.8 in 2001.  The decrease was due solely to the local government division, which dropped from 13.2 in 2000 to 13.0 in 2001. State government remained unchanged in 2001 from its 2000 rate of 9.9 injuries and illnesses per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time employees.

National Rates and Totals – The national rate of occupational injuries and illnesses in the private sector declined for the ninth year in a row to another all-time low in 2001. A total of 5.2 million injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces last year, a rate of 5.7 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 a one percent decrease in hours worked and nearly an eight percent decrease in cases compared with 2000, Weber said. That reduced the case rate from 6.1 in 2000 to 5.7 in 2001.  Every major industry division experienced a decline in the workplace injury and illness rates

over the year, except for a slight increase in agriculture, while the transportation and public utilities division remained unchanged from 2000.

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 2001 injury and illness rates ranged from 11.8 in agriculture as well as state and local government, to 1.3 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 2001, seven major industry divisions reported decreases in their injury and illness rates – mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, finance insurance and real estate, services, and state and local government.  The other three industry divisions reported increases – agriculture, construction, and transportation and public utilities (Table 5).

Highest Rate Industries - 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 (Table 1).  Local government contributed the top three industries: public works – street & highway (38.5), justice, public order and safety (28.3), and electric, gas, and sanitary services (25.4).  The public sector also contributed the fourth highest industry in state government health services (21.6).  These were followed by private sector air transportation (19.6), local and interurban passenger transit (17.8), rubber and miscellaneous plastics products (17.2) and local government parks and recreation (15.4). Agricultural production (14.4) and amusement and recreation services (13.4) round out the top-ten list.

Lost Workday Cases  - Slightly under half of the 91,800 cases in 2001 (44,700) 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 decreased from 2000 to 2001 in the private sector (3.5 to 3.2) and it has increased in Connecticut’s public sector (4.6 to 4.8). This resulted in the lost workday case rate for all industries dropping over the year from 3.6 to 3.4 (Table 5). 

Injuries - Of the 91,800 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2001, 86,300 (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 5,500 newly reported cases of occupational illness in Connecticut in 2001, approximately six percent of the total number of injuries and illnesses reported statewide.  Over 38 percent of the reported occupational illnesses, 2,Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 cases, were in the manufacturing division (Table 4).

About the Survey

The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has just completed the eighth year of a redesigned survey of occupational injuries and illnesses.  CTDOL, using additional information collected for 2000, has already released details on who sustained workplace injuries and illnesses and how they occurred.  Data from 2001 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 CTDOL 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 CT 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 2001.

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 CTDOL 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    1/14/03


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2001 Summary Data Tables

  • Table 1: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and selected case types, 2001[PDF, XLS]

  • Table 2: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and selected case types, 2001 [PDF, XLS

  • Table 3: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries by industry division and employment size, 2001 [PDF, XLS]

  • Table 4: Number of nonfatal occupational illnesses by industry division and selected case types, 2001 [PDF, XLS

  • Table 5: Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry division and selected case types, 1999-2001 [PDF, XLS]

  • Table 6: Occupational injury and illness incidence rates per Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office0 full-time workers, (1) 1976-2001 (2) Connecticut [PDF, DOC]

2001 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, 2000 & 2001  

  • Chart 2: Percent distribution of occupational illnesses by category of illness, Connecticut, all industries, 2001  

  • 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, 2001  

2001 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 2:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 3: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2001,  Connecticut, private industry [PDF, XLS
  • Table 4:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 5:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry   [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, private industry  [PDF, XLS]
State Government
  • Table 1:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 2:Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 3:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 4: Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 5:  Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, state government [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, state government  [PDF, XLS]
Local Government
  • Table 1:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 2: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, local government [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 3:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected worker occupations and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 4:Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • Table 5: Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected injury and illness characteristics and industry division, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, local government [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]
  • 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, 2001, Connecticut, local government  [PDF, XLS]

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