# Table 6. Incidence Rates and Numbers of Nonfatal Occupational Illnesses by Industry Division and Category of Illness, United States, 2002

Originally Posted: March 31, 2004

Table 6. Incidence Rates(1) and Numbers of Nonfatal Occupational Illnesses by Industry Division and Category of Illness, United States, 2002
Industry(2) Total cases Skin diseases or disorders Respiratory conditions Poisonings All other illnesses
Incidence rates per 10,000 full-time workers

Private industry(2)

33.3 5.1 2.5 0.5 25.2

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing(2)

40.7 18.8 3.9 1.6 16.5

Mining(3)

17.7 1.5 2.4 0.5 13.4

Construction

15.8 3.9 1.5 0.9 9.5

Manufacturing

81.7 8.4 2.7 0.7 69.8

Durable goods

88.0 9.7 2.9 0.8 74.6

Nondurable goods

72.4 6.6 2.4 0.6 62.8

Transportation and public utilities(4)

32.8 3.8 2.2 0.5 26.4

16.0 2.5 1.8 0.5 11.2

15.9 3.3 1.2 0.4 10.9

16.1 2.3 -- 0.5 11.3

Finance, insurance, and real estate

18.6 1.8 1.1 0.2 15.5

Services

27.5 6.0 3.5 0.4 17.5
Numbers of illnesses in thousands

Private industry(2)

294.5 44.9 22.0 4.7 222.9

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing(2)

6.2 2.8 0.6 0.2 2.5

Mining(3)

1.0 0.1 0.1 (5) 0.8

Construction

9.3 2.3 0.9 0.5 5.6

Manufacturing

131.0 13.5 4.4 1.1 112.1

Durable goods

84.2 9.2 2.8 0.8 71.4

Nondurable goods

46.9 4.3 1.6 0.4 40.7

Transportation and public utilities(4)

20.4 2.3 1.4 0.3 16.4

37.4 6.0 4.2 1.1 26.1

9.9 2.1 0.8 0.3 6.8

27.5 3.9 -- 0.9 19.4

Finance, insurance, and real estate

12.8 1.3 0.7 0.1 10.6

Services

76.4 16.6 9.8 1.2 48.8

Footnotes:
(1) Incidence rates represent the number of illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers and were calculated as follows: (N/EH) x 20,000,000, where N = number of illnesses, EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year, 20,000,000 = base for 10,000 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
(2) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(3) Data for Mining (Division B in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual: 1987) include establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction. Data for mining operators in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining are provided to BLS by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Independent mining contractors are excluded from the coal, metal, and nonmetal industries. These data do not reflect the changes OSHA made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore, estimates for these industries are not comparable with estimates for other industries.
(4) Data for employers in railroad transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. These data do not reflect the changes OSHA made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore, estimates for these industries are not comparable with estimates for other industries.
(5) Fewer than 50 cases.

NOTE: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. Dashes indicate data not available.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.