Workers Comp Zone


It’s getting near to traditional harvest time.

In my back yard, time to go harvest the apple tree and the Asian pears.

But first, let’s look at the federal data harvest on workers’ comp. Here is a link to a pdf from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on countrywide nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2009:

Predictably, injuries declined. After all, the economy is slow. But there were increases in the injury incidence rate for light or delivery service truck drivers, landscapers and groundskeepers, restaurant cooks, and registered nurses.

Occupations with high numbers of injuries were police and sheriff’s officers, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, delivery truck drivers, construction laborers, stock and material movers, tractor-trailer truck drivers, janitors and cleaners, transit workers, firefighters, protective service workers, and correctional officers.

Overall, workers in private industry had a rate of 106.4 injuries per 10,000 workers. State workers were injured more often, with a rate of 180 workers per 10,000. Local municipalities had the highest injury rates, 185 injuries per 10,000 workers.

Presumably that reflects that many local government employees are involved in public safety, public works and transit service work.

Wonks out there, have fun.

I’m headed out to harvest the Gravensteins.

Julius Young

Category: Political developments