November 21, 2013
Correction: Texas Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Again Below U.S. Rate
(Average Annual Employment in Table 2 has been corrected)
AUSTIN, TX — The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry was 2.7 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2012, below the national rate of 3.4. The incidence rate for Texas remained unchanged for the third consecutive year.
The 2012 nonfatal injury and illness data in this release are the latest available from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The occupational injury and illness rates are based on a statistical sample of private and public firms in Texas.
The TDI-DWC collects survey data in order to assist employers, safety professionals, and policymakers in identifying safety and health issues in the state. Employers with questions about participating in this survey may call the BLS at 866-237-6405.
The TDI-DWC Workplace Safety program area provides various safety and health services to help reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace through accident and illness prevention. Services include free safety and health consultations on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; regional and onsite safety training; free safety and health publications; free safety training DVD loans; and the Safety Violations Hotline. For more information on these services, visit the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/safety/index.html or call 800-687-7080. In addition, employers that carry workers’ compensation insurance in Texas can obtain accident prevention services from their insurance companies at no additional charge.
Private Sector Key Findings
Private industry workplaces in Texas reported a total of 203,165 nonfatal injuries and illnesses during 2012. Overall, the incidence rate for goods producing industries decreased from 2.9 in 2011 to 2.7 in 2012. The rates in the mining, construction, and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors decreased from 1.8 to 1.6 (11 percent) and from 2.8 to 2.3 (18 percent), and from 4.1 to 3.9 (5 percent), respectively. The rate in manufacturing increased slightly from 3.2 to 3.3.
The service providing industries’ incidence rate remained the same at 2.7 for 2012. Within this group, notable rate decreases were seen in the utilities (44 percent), educational services (24 percent), and transportation and warehousing (13 percent) industries. The retail trade and information sectors reported increases of 14 percent and 13 percent in 2012.
|Industry Sector||NAICS Code||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012|
|Private Industry – Nation||3.9||3.6||3.5||3.5||3.4|
|Private Industry – Texas||3.1||2.9||2.7||2.7||2.7|
|Natural Resources and Mining||2.3||--||1.9||2.2||1.9|
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting||11||5.1||3.4||4.1||4.1||3.9|
|Trade, Transportation, and Utilities||4.0||3.7||3.7||3.6||3.7|
|Transportation and Warehousing||48-49||5.4||4.6||4.7||4.5||3.9|
|Professional and Business Services||54-56||1.5||1.4||1.2||1.2||1.3|
|Education and Health Services||61-62||3.5||3.8||3.4||3.4||3.2|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||62||3.7||3.9||3.5||3.5||3.4|
|Leisure and Hospitality||71-72||3.2||3.0||2.7||2.8||2.9|
|Other Services, Except Public Administration||81||3.0||3.1||1.9||1.7||1.8|
Of the ten industries that had the highest average annual employment in Texas in 2012, the injury and illness incidence rates for hospitals, general merchandise stores, and food and beverage stores were above the statewide rate of 2.7.
|Food Services and Drinking Places||722||866,087||2.6|
|Administrative and Support Services||561||671,877||1.8|
|Ambulatory Health Care Services||621||623,614||1.7|
|Professional and Technical Services||541||621,308||0.9|
|Specialty Trade Contractors||238||328,778||2.5|
|Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods||423||307,758||2.4|
|General Merchandise Stores||452||265,687||6.9|
|Credit Intermediation & Related Activity||522||251,194||-|
|Food and Beverage Stores||445||211,309||4.1|
Sources: Employment figures: Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market Information; NAICS codes and injury and illness incidence rates: BLS.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as (N/EH) x 200,000 where N= numbers of injuries and illnesses, EH= total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year, 200,000= base for 100 equivalent full-time employees (40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
The NAICS Code represents the industry code from the North American Industry Classification System, 2007 Edition. For more information regarding NAICS 2007 revisions, visit the BLS website at http://www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.
Private industry data excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
Totals include data for industries not shown separately.
Data for mining (Sector 21 in the NAICS – United States, 2007) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in oil and gas extraction and related support activities. Data for mining operations in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by MSHA, U. S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates from these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
NOTE: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. A dash indicates data do not meet publication guidelines.
SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, in cooperation with participating State agencies.
The TDI-DWC will follow up this release with more in-depth case and demographic data about the 2012 injury and illness cases involving days away from work. Additional Texas nonfatal occupational injury and illness data are available by contacting 512-804-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about the national BLS injury and illness data can be found on the BLS website at http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm.
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Last updated: 11/21/2013