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CONN-OSHA Quarterly

Volume No. 28
Winter 2002

CONN-OSHA Report Finds Injuries and Illnesses in Connecticut up Slightly in 2000

Connecticut Department of Labor News Release

WETHERSFIELD, Dec. 26 -- An annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses compiled by the Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) 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," 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."

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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

This information, including summary data tables and charts, is available on the Internet at www.ctdol.state.ct.us by clicking onto CONN-OSHA and selecting Safety and Health Statistics Unit.

For more information regarding the contents of this release, contact the CONN-OSHA Safety and Health Statistics Unit at (860) 566-4380.

CONN-OSHA Training Programs for 2002

CONN-OSHA now has a full time occupational safety training specialist. This new position will allow us to provide training and education sessions on a regular basis. If you have any training needs or suggestions for future training topics, contact John Able at John.Able@OSHA.GOV or (860) 566-4550 x398.

In addition, CONN-OSHA now offers NO-COST training to help employers and employees implement effective safety and health management programs. The workshops are designed to introduce managers, supervisors, safety committee members, and employees to occupational safety and health management concepts and technical program requirements.

Workshop Registration Information:

We require preregistration for all workshops because of limited classroom size. Once we receive your registration request, we will send a confirmation letter to you (directions will be included).

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FAX NUMBER WITH YOUR REQUEST.

There are three convenient ways to register:

  • By mail:
    Attn: John Able
    Connecticut Department of Labor, OSHA Division
    38 Wolcott Hill Road
    Wethersfield, CT 06109

Location:

All workshops will be held at the State of Connecticut Department of Labor Staff Development Conference Room AA,@ 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office9.

Schedule:

March 13, 2002, 9am - 12 noon

Recordkeeping, the new OSHA Form 300

Introduces participants to the new Recordkeeping Standard and requirements. If you are responsible for filling out the Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, if you supervise the person that completes the form, or if you are a safety committee member, this class is a must!

June 25, 2002, 9am - 12noon

Emergency Action Plans

Recognizing that any place of employment is subject to workplace disasters, OSHA requires all employers to do whatever is necessary to minimize the likelihood of such occurrences and requires a plan that will minimize harm to people and property should a disaster occur. This workshop presents hazard-specific information to help attendees get ready for natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.

September 26, 2002, 9am - 12noon

Lockout/Tagout

Covers the basic requirements of 29CFR19Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy standard. The workshop discusses sources of hazardous energy and covers energy control procedural requirements including inspections, training and communication.

Watch for future Quarterly mailings for updates on training dates and subjects. One suggestion received was to offer a series of short, monthly, early morning meetings to allow for discussions about issues such as setting up a safety and health program, maintaining written programs effectively, identifying hazards, and solving problems. This interactive type of meeting would allow participants to offer suggestions to each other, and to receive guidance from other employers that have had successes. If you would be interested in attending this type of meeting, contact John Able.

Also be sure to check the CONN-OSHA web site for additional information; this site is updated continuously. Go to http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/osha/osha.htm.

OSHA Information Update for Recently Elected Public Officials and Board of Education Personnel

Colchester: March 19, 2002
Storrs: March 21, 2002
Stamford: March 26, 2002

Burlington: March 27, 2002

As you may be aware, the CONN-OSHA Division of the Connecticut Labor Department is responsible for assuring the safety and health of all public sector employees in Connecticut.

These training sessions will provide the opportunity to acquaint you with CONN-OSHA, its programs, policies, and services designed to help maintain a safe and healthful working environment in your municipality.

Each session will cover CONN-OSHA=s compliance activities, consultation services, and additional training opportunities. In addition, we will review new standards that affect public sector employers, and discussions will take place concerning future activities.

Seating is limited. Registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Confirmations will be sent with directions. NOTE: If you are registering for the Storrs location, a parking permit will be sent to you via fax.

Please send or fax to:

Department of Labor, OSHA

38 Wolcott Hill Road

Wethersfield, CT 06Published by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Project Management Office9 

FAX: (860) 566-6916

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