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Rates of Serious Workplace Injuries Vary Widely by State, Allsup Reports in New Nationwide Study
Date:7/11/2013

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These states all have rates higher than the national average of 0.7 injury or illness cases with job transfer or restriction per 100 workers.

Industries With Highest Rate of Injuries, by State
Allsup drilled further into the issue by building a database using workplace safety data that the BLS reported from 41 states and the District of Columbia in 2011. Allsup’s database can be used to quickly search for and present direct comparisons of injury rates across states and industries, which otherwise are difficult to find.

Allsup’s report includes information on the 11 industry groups with the highest serious injury rates nationwide:

  • Amusement parks and arcades – 3.2 cases involving job transfer or restriction in 2011 per 100 workers
  • Animal slaughtering and processing – 3.1
  • Beverage manufacturing – 2.7; Foundries – 2.7
  • Nursing care facilities – 2.6
  • Beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers – 2.4
  • Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing – 2.3
  • Hog and pig farming – 2.2; Motor vehicle manufacturing – 2.2; Community care facilities for the elderly – 2.2; Poultry and egg production – 2.2.

The study also reports state-level information showing the variation between locales within the same industry group. For example, serious injury rates in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry group ranged from 1.1 in Tennessee to 3.5 in North Carolina (Michigan equaled the national average at 2.2).

According to Allsup’s research, the state-level industry with the highest rates of serious injury was animal slaughtering and processing in Oregon, with 8.3 cases involving job transfer or restriction per 100 workers in 2011 (U.S. average – 3.1).

State-level data for 2011 are not available for nine states: Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Mississ
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