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Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in New York - 2015

New York’s private industry employers reported 148,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, resulting in an incidence rate of 2.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that New York was among 12 states and the District of Columbia that had an incidence rate of total recordable cases (TRC) significantly lower than the national rate of 3.0. (New York was 1 of 41 states and the District of Columbia for which statewide estimates are available. See Technical Note at the end of this release for more information about the survey.)

New York’s findings from the 2015 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses include:

  • TRC incidence rates in private industry ranged from 0.9 in financial activities to 5.3 in natural resources and mining. (See table 1.)
  • Two supersectors, with about 43 percent of private industry employment, accounted for 55 percent of the occupational injuries and illnesses: education and health services; and trade, transportation, and utilities. (See table 2.)
  • In private industry, the TRC injury and illness incidence rate ranged from 0.8 for small establishments (those employing fewer than 11 workers) to 2.9 for mid-size establishments (those employing between 50 and 249 workers). (See table 3.)
  • New York’s private industry TRC rate in 2015 was similar to the rate in 2014.
Table A. Number and rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry, United States and New York, 2015
Characteristic United States New York
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)

Total cases

2,905.9 3.0 148.0 2.4

Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction

1,571.9 1.6 86.8 1.4

Cases with days away from work

902.2 0.9 78.3 1.3

Cases with job transfer or restriction

669.8 0.7 8.5 0.1

Other recordable cases

1,333.9 1.4 61.2 1.0

Private industry injury and illness case types

Of the 148,000 private industry injury and illness cases reported in New York, 86,800 were of a more severe nature, involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction—commonly referred to as DART cases. These cases occurred at a rate of 1.4 cases per 100 full-time workers. Ninety percent of the DART cases in New York were incidents that resulted in at least one day away from work, compared to 57 percent nationally. Other recordable cases (those not involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction) accounted for the remaining 61,200 cases in New York, at a rate of 1.0. In comparison, the national rate for other recordable cases was 1.4.

In New York, no supersector experienced a significant change in either the TRC incidence rate or the DART rate from 2014 to 2015. (See table 4.)

In 2015, approximately 140,100 (94.7 percent) of private industry recordable injuries and illnesses were injuries. Workplace illnesses accounted for an additional 7,800 recordable cases. Three categories—hearing loss, skin disorders, and poisoning—accounted for 18 percent of the occupational illnesses in New York. Nationally, these three categories amounted to 29 percent of the work-related illness total.

State and local government injury and illness cases

Among the state and local government sector in New York, approximately 61,400 injury and illness cases were reported in 2015, resulting in a rate of 6.5 cases per 100 full-time workers. Nationally, the rate was 5.1. Almost 78 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in New York’s public sector occurred among local government workers.

State estimates and over-the-year change

For 2015, occupational injury and illness data are available for 41 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-one states had private industry TRC incidence rates higher than the national rate of 3.0 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2015. (See chart 1.) Twelve states, including New York, and the District of Columbia had TRC rates lower than the national rate. Eight states had TRC rates that were about the same as the national rate. Factors such as differences in the composition of industry employment may influence state incidence rates and should be considered when comparing rates among different states.

Compared to 2014, private industry TRC incidence rates declined in nine states. The private industry TRC incidence rate was relatively unchanged in 32 states, including New York, and in the District of Columbia. Estimates for nine states were not available in 2015 for comparison.


Technical Note

The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) is a Federal/State program in which employer's reports are collected annually from approximately 200,000 private industry and public sector (State and local government) establishments and processed by State agencies in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Summary information on the number of injuries and illnesses is transcribed by these employers directly from their recordkeeping logs to the survey questionnaire. The questionnaire also asks for the number of employee hours worked (needed in the calculation of incidence rates) as well as its annual average employment (needed to verify the unit's employment-size class).

Occupational injury and illness data for establishments in coal, metal, and nonmetal mining industries and for railroad activities are provided by the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), respectively. The SOII excludes all work-related fatalities as well as nonfatal work injuries and illnesses to the self-employed; to workers on farms with 10 or fewer employees; to private household workers; to volunteers; and to federal government workers.

Injuries and illnesses logged by employers conform to definitions and recordkeeping guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. Under OSHA guidelines, nonfatal cases are recordable if they are occupational injuries or illnesses which involve lost work time, medical treatment other than first aid, restriction of work or motion, loss of consciousness, or transfer to another job. Employers record injuries separate from illnesses and also identify for each whether a case involved any days away from work or days of restricted work activity, or both, beyond the day of injury or onset of illness.

Survey estimates are based on a scientifically selected sample of establishments, some of which represent only themselves, but most of which also represent other employers of like industry and workforce size that were not chosen to report data in a given survey year.

The incidence rates presented in this release represent the number of injuries and/or illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers and were calculated as:

     (N / EH) X 200,000 where,
     N = number of injuries and/or illnesses
     EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year
     200,000 = base for 100 full-time equivalent workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year)

Background and methodological information regarding the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program can be found in Chapter 9 of the BLS Handbook of Methods at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.

Additional occupational injury and illness data are available from our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/new-york-new-jersey/subjects.htm#tab-4. Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and case type, New York, 2015
Industry(1)(2)(3) Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction Other recordable cases
Total Cases with days away from work(4) Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

3.0 1.7 1.6 0.1 1.2

Private industry

2.4 1.4 1.3 0.1 1.0

Goods-producing

3.2 2.0 1.8 0.3 1.2

Natural resources and mining

5.3 2.7 2.3 - 2.6

Construction

3.4 2.4 2.3 0.1 1.0

Manufacturing

3.0 1.8 1.4 0.4 1.3

Service-providing

2.3 1.3 1.2 0.1 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.1 2.0 1.7 0.3 1.1

Information

1.3 1.0 1.0 (5) 0.3

Financial activities

0.9 0.6 0.5 - 0.3

Professional and business services

1.1 0.5 0.5 (5) 0.6

Education and health services

3.3 1.9 1.8 0.1 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

2.9 1.3 1.3 0.1 1.5

Other services, except public administration

1.6 1.1 1.0 0.1 0.5

State and local government

6.5 3.9 3.8 0.1 2.7

State government

6.9 4.2 4.2 0.1 2.7

Local government

6.4 3.8 3.7 0.1 2.6

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012 edition) 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 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 mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.
(5) Data do not meet publication guidelines.
 

Note: Dashes indicate data not available.
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 = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
 

Table 2. Numbers of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by selected industries and case types, New York, 2015 (numbers in thousands)
Industry(1)(2)(3) Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction Other recordable cases
Total Cases with days away from work(4) Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

209.4 123.3 114.1 9.1 86.1

Private industry

148.0 86.8 78.3 8.5 61.2

Goods-producing

25.1 15.9 13.7 2.1 9.2

Natural resources and mining

1.2 0.6 0.5 - 0.6

Construction

10.4 7.4 7.0 0.4 3.1

Manufacturing

13.5 7.9 6.2 1.7 5.6

Service-providing

122.9 70.9 64.5 6.4 52.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

38.7 24.7 21.4 3.4 14.0

Information

3.0 2.2 2.2 (5) 0.8

Financial activities

5.6 3.7 3.1 - 2.0

Professional and business services

12.5 5.9 5.4 0.5 6.6

Education and health services

43.0 24.3 22.9 1.4 18.7

Leisure and hospitality

16.4 7.6 7.2 0.4 8.9

Other services, except public administration

3.6 2.5 2.4 0.1 1.1

State and local government

61.4 36.5 35.9 0.7 24.9

State government

13.8 8.4 8.3 0.1 5.3

Local government

47.6 28.1 27.6 0.5 19.5

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012 edition) 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 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 mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.
(5) Data do not meet publication guidelines.
 

Note: Dashes indicate data not available.
 

Table 3. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and employment size, New York, 2015
Industry(1)(2)(3) All establishments Establishment employment size (workers)
1 to 10 11 to 49 50 to 249 250 to 999 1,000 or more

All industries including state and local government

3.0 0.8 2.5 3.3 3.4 4.1

Private industry

2.4 0.8 2.4 2.9 2.8 2.6

Goods-producing

3.2 1.7 4.2 3.4 3.0 2.2

Natural resources and mining

5.3 (4) 6.2 5.7 - -

Construction

3.4 1.9 4.9 3.1 2.7 -

Manufacturing

3.0 - 3.2 3.4 3.1 2.0

Service-providing

2.3 0.7 2.1 2.9 2.8 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.1 0.5 2.5 3.8 4.8 3.5

Information

1.3 - 0.5 2.4 1.2 0.6

Financial activities

0.9 1.2 1.3 0.8 0.5 0.4

Professional and business services

1.1 0.3 1.5 1.5 1.0 0.8

Education and health services

3.3 - 2.8 3.6 3.8 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

2.9 1.0 2.3 3.6 5.2 4.2

Other services, except public administration

1.6 1.1 1.2 2.7 1.9 -

State and local government

6.5 - 5.1 6.4 6.9 6.6

State government

6.9 - 3.7 6.7 9.1 5.8

Local government

6.4 - 5.3 6.4 5.6 6.8

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012 edition) 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 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 mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Data do not meet publication guidelines.
 

Note: Dashes indicate data not available.
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 = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
 

Table 4. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry sector and selected case type with measures of statistical significance, New York, 2014–15
Industry(1)(2)(3) Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (4)
2014 2015 2014 2015

All industries including state and local government

3.1 3.0 1.7 1.7

Private industry

2.5 2.4 1.3 1.4

Goods-producing

3.2 3.2 1.8 2.0

Natural resources and mining

2.7 5.3 1.6 2.7

Construction

3.4 3.4 1.8 2.4

Manufacturing

3.1 3.0 1.8 1.8

Service-providing

2.4 2.3 1.3 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

2.9 3.1 1.8 2.0

Information

1.3 1.3 0.8 1.0

Financial activities

0.9 0.9 0.4 0.6

Professional and business services

1.1 1.1 0.6 0.5

Education and health services

3.5 3.3 2.0 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

3.2 2.9 1.2 1.3

Other services, except public administration

1.8 1.6 0.9 1.1

State and local government

6.7 6.5 4.1 3.9

State government

7.4 6.9* 4.7 4.2*

Local government

6.6 6.4 3.9 3.8

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees.
(2) Data for mining (Sector 21 in the North American Industry Classification System, 2012 edition) 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 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 mining industries. These data do not reflect the changes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration made to its recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2002; therefore estimates for these industries are not comparable to estimates in other industries.
(3) Data for employers in rail transportation are provided to BLS by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
(4) Days-away-from-work cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.
 

Note: 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 = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
* An asterisk indicates a significant difference between the current year and prior year values, when testing at 95% confidence level.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, December 16, 2016