Health Indicator Report of Occupational Health: Non-Fatal Work Related Injuries and Illnesses Reported by Employers
Thousands of workers are injured each day in the United States. Almost all injuries and illnesses in the workplace are preventable with intervention through education, engineering, and/or regulatory measures. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an estimated total of 3.1 million injury and illness cases within the private sector workforce, an estimated incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers. This included 1 million injury and illness cases (1.1 cases per 100 FTEs) requiring recuperation away from work beyond the incident day . The cost of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths is significant. Employers and insurers spent nearly $74 billion on workers? compensa-tion in 2009 . This amount does not include costs to employers, workers and society for lost productivity, charges to other insurance systems, and out-of-pocket expenses.
NotesThe rates presented here, which are cases per 100,000 FTEs, were derived by multiplying BLS published rates by 1,000. These converted rates are not as precise as those that would be calculated from the raw Annual Survey data.
Data SourceU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, http://www.bls.gov/ii
Data Interpretation IssuesThe SOII is a function of BLS using a probability sample and not a census of all employers. It is based on injury and illness data maintained by employers and is subject to sampling error. There is a potential for additional sampling error if an employer has more than 30 cases with days away from work as an employer is only required to report on 30 such cases. Excluded from the survey are the military, self-employed individuals, farms with fewer than 11 employees, and Federal agencies. In some states, the survey does not cover the state and municipal employees. Therefore, the recommended measures of frequency are limited to private sector workforce only. Some states do not participate in the Federal-State survey, and in some participating states, the sample sizes are insufficient to generate state-specific estimates. Numbers and rates may not be published/released by BLS due to the reliability of the estimates. Employers vary with respect to how much they may reduce their potential reporting burden by placing affected workers on restricted work activity, thereby avoiding the reporting of lost workday cases (which require reporting of additional details).
DefinitionEstimated annual total work-related injury and illness incidence rate per 100,000 full-time qquivalent workers (FTEs) Estimated annual total incidence rate for cases involving days away from work per 100,000 FTEs
NumeratorEstimated total number of cases of work-related injuries and illnesses and the estimated number of cases of injuries and illnesses involving days away from work.
DenominatorEstimated full-time equivalent workers (FTEs) for the same calendar year.
Healthy People Objective: 20.2a, Work-related injuries - All industries (per 100 full-time workers, ages 16 years and older)U.S. Target: 4.3
Other ObjectivesThis indicator parallels Indicator #1 Non-Fatal Work Related Injuries and Illnesses Reported by Employers on the Council of State Territorial Epidemiologists Occupational Health Indicators web site. Data are available for other states at: http://www.cste.org/dnn/ProgramsandActivities/OccupationalHealth/OccupationalHealthIndicators/tabid/85/Default.aspx
How Are We Doing?New Mexico estimated rates of total reported illness and injury have fallen since 2000. The estimated rates of illness and injury with days away from work have held steady at 1,200 per100,000 FTEs since 2008.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?New Mexico has similar rates for total illness and injury as the U.S. overall.
What Is Being Done?The NMOHSP and the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (NM-OSHA) have developed a close working relationship reduce work-related illnesses and injuries of concern in the state.
Available ServicesYour rights under New Mexico Workers' Compensation Act: If you are injured in a work-related accident: Your employer / insurer must pay all reasonable and necessary medical costs. You may or may not have the right to choose your health care provider. If your employer / insurer has not given you written instructions about who chooses first, call an ombudsman. In an emergency, get emergency medical care first. If you are off work for more than 7 days, your employer / insurer must pay wage benefits to partially offset your lost wages. If you suffer "permanent impairment," you may have the right to receive partial wage benefits for a longer period of time. Go to http://www.workerscomp.state.nm.us/ or call Telephone: 505-841-6000, In-state Toll Free: 1-800-255-7965 to get in touch with an ombudsman. The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Act assures that employees have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. Employees or their representatives have the right to file a complaint requesting an inspection if they believe unsafe or unhealthful conditions exist in their workplace. Call (505) 476-8700. Ask for the compliance officer on duty to discuss your complaint or go to http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/Ohsb_Website/ for more information.
Health Program InformationGo to the NMOHSP web page http://nmhealth.org/eheb/occhealth.shtml to find out more about occupational health surveillance in New Mexico.
Page Content Updated On 08/31/2012, Published on 09/17/2012