For Immediate Release

December 19, 2018

 

CONTACT: Eric Olsen
Public Information Officer
Office: (801) 530-6918
Email: eolsen@utah.gov


 


UOSH RELEASES 2017 WORKPLACE INJURY AND ILLNESS STATISTICS

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Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City - The Utah Labor Commission’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has released 2017 nonfatal occupational injury and illness data for the state of Utah. The information was obtained through the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).

The combined incidence rate for nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the public and private sectors within the state of Utah during 2017 was 3.0 per 100 full-time workers. The incidence rate for 2016 was the same at 3.0 per 100 full-time employees. The average employment for the state of Utah during 2016 was 1,390,922 and increased to 1,433,080 in 2017.

Private Sector

There were 2889 private sector employers in Utah surveyed for information regarding their average number of employees, hours worked, and details on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2017 per 100 full-time workers.

  • The overall incidence rate for the private sector in 2017 was 3.0, which was an increase from 2.9 in 2016.
  • Of these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from work remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 0.7.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction increased to 0.7 in 2017 from 0.6 in 2016.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 1.7.

Public Sector

There were 247 public sector employers in Utah surveyed for information regarding their average number of employees, hours worked, and details on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2017 per 100 full-time workers.

  • The overall incidence rate for the public sector decreased to 3.1 in 2017 from 3.6 in 2016.
  • Of these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from work remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 0.5.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction increased to 0.4 in 2017 from 0.2 in 2016.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases decreased to 2.3 in 2017 from 2.8 in 2016.

Construction

There were 251 private construction employers in Utah surveyed for information regarding their average number of employees, hours worked, and details on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred during calendar year 2017 per 100 full-time workers.

  • The overall incidence rate for the construction industry decreased to 3.3 in 2017 from 4.0 in 2016.
  • Of these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from decreased to 1.3 in 2017 from 1.4 in 2016.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction increased to 0.6 in 2017 from 0.5 in 2016.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases decreased to 1.4 in 2017 from 2.2 in 2016.

Manufacturing

There were 316 private manufacturing employers in Utah surveyed for information regarding their average number of employees, hours worked, and details on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred during calendar year 2017 per 100 full-time workers.

  • The overall incidence rate for manufacturing industries remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 3.3.
  • Of these injuries and illnesses, cases with days away from work remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 0.5.
  • Cases resulting in job transfer or restriction increased to 1.0 in 2017 from 0.8 in 2016.
  • The incidence rate for other recordable cases decreased to 1.8 in 2017 from 2.0 in 2016.

*Other recordable cases are work-related injuries or illnesses that required treatment beyond first aid, but did not require days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

Background

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

Please refer to the accompanying tables for more detail. There are additional tables and charts available upon request. For additional information or to request a copy of the report, contact; Joy Lawrence, (801) 530-6823, joylawrence@utah.gov, or MacKenzie Wight, (801) 530-6926, mwight@utah.gov, at UOSH, BLS.