AUSTIN, TX -December 28, 2010- In November 2010, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) reported 213,507 total cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in Texas in 2009. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, TDI-DWC is now reporting the circumstances of those injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work (DAFW), as well as the characteristics of the employees involved.
Private industry employers in Texas reported a total of 60,240 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving DAFW for 2009. This is a 6.9 percent decrease from the 64,700 cases reported in 2008. The survey revealed that there were 81.2 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in Texas. This rate was 4 percent lower than the rate of 84.6 in 2008 and is lower than the national rate of 117.
The median days away from work – a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses – for Texas in 2009 was 8, which is the same as the median days away from work reported nationally.
The annual BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses is conducted in cooperation with the TDI-DWC. The TDI-DWC collects survey data in order to assist employers, safety professionals, and policymakers in identifying occupational safety and health issues in the state. To view 2009 industry, demographic, occupation, and case characteristics specific data, charts and tables, visit the TDI website at www.tdi.state.tx.us/wc/safety/sis/index.html.
The TDI also provides various safety and health services to promote safe and healthy workplaces, including free safety and health consultations on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; regional and on-site safety training; free safety and health publications; free safety training video loans; guidance on return-to-work programs and drug-free workplace programs; and the Safety Violations Hotline. For more information on these services, visit the TDI website at www.tdi.state.tx.us/wc/safety/index.html or call 1-800-687-7080.
The TDI-DWC will resume releasing more in-depth injury and illness analysis in January 2011, via the newsletter supplement, Safety by the Numbers. Additional Texas fatal and nonfatal occupational injury and illness data are available by contacting TDI-DWC at 512-804-4651, InjuryAnalysis@tdi.state.tx.us or by visiting our website at www.tdi.state.tx.us/wc/safety/sis/index.html. Details about the national BLS injury and illness data can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm.
1) “Incidence rates” represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time employees and were calculated as: (N / EH) X 20, 000,000 where, N=number of injuries and illnesses, EH=total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year, 20,000,000=base for 10,000 full-time equivalent workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
2) “Days away from work” cases include those that result in days away from work with or without job transfer or restriction.
SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
For more information contact: Public.Information@tdi.state.tx.us