Workplace Injury Statistics in Chicago, IL
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its data for workplace injury statistics, showing that the overall rate of injury didn’t change in the workplace, remaining at 117 injuries per 10,000 workers, or 1.17 per 100 workers.
That is based on a total injury rate of nearly 3 million workplace injuries or illnesses in 2011, about a third of which resulted in a median 8 days away from work.
Top Occupations for Workplace Injury
According to BLS statistics, about 20% of all injuries requiring time off from work occurred to workers in just 5 professions:
- Nurses, orderlies, and attendants
- Janitors and cleaners
- Heavy truck drivers
- Police officers
Police officers had an injury rate five times greater than the rate for all workers. The highest injury proportion occurred among workers aged 45-54, although the highest injury proportion also occurred for workers with 1-5 years of service, who suffered 35% of all injuries.
Fatal Workplace Injury Statistics
Fatal workplace injuries make up a very small proportion of total workplace injuries, with 4693 fatal workplace injuries recorded in 2011. The causes of fatal workplace accidents are:
- Transportation incidents 41% (Roadway incidents account for 24% of the total, 57% of transportation incidents)
- Violence and other injuries by persons or animals 17% (Homicides account for 10% of the overall total)
- Contact with objects and equipment 15%
- Falls, slips, and trips 15% (Falls to lower level account for 12% of the overall total)
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments 9%
- Fires and explosions 3%
The falling height is known for about 82% of fatal falls to a lower level. About 57% of those falls are 20 feet or less.
Fatal Workplace Injury by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
BLS also breaks up workplace fatal injuries by what are known as MSAs, which include cities and their suburbs. Chicago’s MSA ranks fourth in the country. The overall ranks of MSAs are given below:
- New York-Northern NJ-Long Island 183
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana 118
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 105
- Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 97
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 80
MSAs extend beyond the named city boundaries, and often into nearby states. For example, Chicago’s MSA extends into Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.