Connecticut incidence rate exceeds national rate

Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers (FTEs), according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Connecticut's incidence rate of 3.9 cases per 100 FTEs was statistically greater than the national rate.

The national rate reported for 2012 continues the pattern of statistically significant declines that, with the exception of 2011, occurred annually for the last decade.

Key Findings

  • The total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate of injury and illness among private industry establishments declined in 2012 from a year earlier (from 3.5 cases per 100 FTEs to 3.4), as did the rate for other recordable cases not requiring time away from work. The rate for cases of a more serious nature involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction: commonly referred to as DART: was unchanged in 2012 (1.8 cases per 100 FTEs), as a decline in the rate of cases involving days away from work was offset by the rate for cases involving job transfer or restriction only which was unchanged.
  • No private industry sector experienced an increase in the rate of injuries and illnesses in 2012.
  • The injuries-only incidence rate among private industry workers declined to 3.2 cases per 100 FTEs in 2012: down from 3.3 cases in 2011. In comparison, the incidence rate of illness cases was statistically unchanged in 2012.
  • The rate of injuries and illnesses among state and local government workers of 5.6 cases per 100 FTEs in 2012 was statistically unchanged from 2011, but was still significantly higher than the private industry rate. The incidence rates for state government and local government individually also remained statistically unchanged in 2012: 4.4 cases and 6.1 cases per 100 FTEs respectively.

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