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NEWS Utah Labor Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 6, 2015

CONTACT: Jaceson Maughan
Media Relations / Public Information Officer
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Utah Work Related Injuries and Illnesses Decrease in 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Labor Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 2014 nonfatal occupational injury and illness data which was obtained through the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). The overall combined incident rate in Utah for public and private sectors decreased to 3.3 in 2014, down from 3.4 in 2013. Incident rates represent the number of injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers.

Private Sector

Two thousand six hundred and forty-six (2,646) private sector employers in Utah were surveyed for information concerning their average number of employees, hours worked, as well as details on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred during calendar year 2013.

  • The overall incidence rate for the private sector decreased to 3.2 in 2014, down from 3.4 in 2013 per every 100 full-time workers.
  • From these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from work decreased from 0.8 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2013 to 0.7 in 2014.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction decreased from 0.8 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2013 to 0.7 in 2014.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases increased from 2013 at 1.8 cases per 100 full-time workers to 1.9 in 2014. Other recordable cases are work-related injuries or illnesses that required more than first aid, but did not require days away from work, job transfer or restriction.
Public Sector

Two hundred forty-eight (248) public sector employers in Utah were surveyed for information concerning their average number of employees and hours worked, as well as details on occupational injury and illnesses that occurred during calendar year 2014.

  • The overall incidence rate for the public sector decreased to 3.6 in 2014, down from 3.8 in 2013 per every 100 full-time workers.
  • From these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from work decreased from 0.8 in 2013 to 0.6 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2014.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction increased from 0.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2013 to 0.4 in 2014.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases decreased from 2.8 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2013 to 2.6 in 2014.
Background

The survey was administered by the UOSH Statistics Unit. The 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS 2012) was used to group company data by industry.

Please refer to the accompanying table for more detail. There are many additional tables and charts available upon request.

For additional information, or to request a copy of the report, contact: Edward Denning at (801) 530-6926, edenning@utah.gov, or Joy Lawrence at (801) 530-6823, at the UOSH, Statistics Unit.