Health Care Industry Illnesses and Injuries for 2010 Reportedly Higher in North Carolina, Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently announced findings regarding 2010’s workplace illnesses and injuries.

North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Asheville and throughout the state are pleased to see a slight decline but continue to be concerned that almost 3.1 million workers in the private sector who reported workplace illnesses and injuries last year.

Key results on the Survey of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries for 2010 include:

-Occurrence rates for illnesses and injuries together with private industry establishments decreased considerably in 2010 for total recordable cases and for other recordable cases.

-Manufacturing saw an increase in the occurrence rate of illnesses and injuries in 2010 with increases to 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers. In 2009, the statistic was 4.3 cases/100 full-time workers.

-A decline of 0.3 cases down to a total of 4.0 per 100 full-time workers in the private construction industry sector was seen in 2010.

-The social assistance and health care sector saw a decrease in occurrence rate of illnesses and injuries from 5.4 to 5.2 cases/100 full-time workers in 2010. The Department of Labor did note the social assistance and health care sector had the most injured workers of any sector including manufacturing and construction.

-For the national public sector which includes at least 18.4 million local and state government employees reports an occurrence rate of 5.7 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010, basically unaffected from 2009. For local government employees the illness and injury rate was 6.1 cases/100 workers which was considerably higher than federal and state employees.

An OSHA representative was pleased with the decrease in workplace illnesses and injuries and appreciates the efforts of unions, businesses, governments and other organizations. All workers deserve a safe working environment in order to earn a living.

Alarm was expressed regarding illnesses and injuries to social assistance and health care workers surpassing those workers in manufacturing and construction. Greater emphasis will be placed by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in working with employees, unions and employers in this industry to decrease these risks.

Public sector workers illness and injury rate remains distressingly high at 5.7 cases/100 workers, this rate is more than 60 percent greater than the rate for the private sector. More effort needs to be made by local and state governments to keep our public workers safe. OSHA acknowledges that accurate record keeping of injuries and illnesses is paramount in identifying hazards in the work environment.

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard requires employers to maintain and prepare records associated with occupational illnesses and injuries. There are three essential forms that employers must use in order to be compliant:

-Form 300 is basically an incident log. It has columns that classify work-related illnesses and injuries and needed information includes the degree and severity of those items.

-Form 300A is a statistical summary of occurrences for a particular location. The information is displayed for employees to view each year from February 1 to April 30.

-Form 301 is the first form needed when an illness or injury occurs. It describes what happened in detail and has contact information for the doctor or other health care provider.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a work-related accident in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for help with your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free initial consultation to discuss your rights today.

More Blog Entries:
Work Site Safety Inspections Important in Reducing Work Injuries in Charlotte, Asheville, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 27, 2011.

Trench Safety at Work Can Reduce the Number of Employee Injuries and Deaths at North Carolina Construction Sites, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 16, 2011.

Transportation Incidents a Common Cause of Fatal Work Injuries in North Carolina, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 19, 2011.

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