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02/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/28/2020 02:15

Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in Illinois — 2018

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19-1950-CHI
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Illinois' private industry employers reported 110,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018, resulting in an incidence rate of 2.7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Illinois was among 7 states that had an incidence rate of total recordable cases (TRC) that was not significantly different than the national rate of 2.8. (Illinois was 1 of 41 states and the District of Columbia for which statewide estimates are available. See Technical Note at the end of this release for more information about the survey.)

Illinois' findings from the 2018 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses include:

  • TRC incidence rates in private industry ranged from 0.5 in financial activities to 3.6 in education and health services. (See table 1.)

  • Two supersectors, with 41 percent of private industry employment, accounted for 54 percent of the occupational injuries and illnesses: trade, transportation, and utilities and education and health services. (See table 2.)

  • In private industry, the TRC injury and illness incidence rate ranged from 1.0 for establishments employing fewer than 11 workers to 3.1 for larger establishments employing 50 to 249 workers and 250 to 999 workers, respectively. (See table 3.)

  • Illinois' private industry TRC rate of 2.7 in 2018 was similar to the rate in 2017. (See table 4.)

Characteristic United States Illinois
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)
Number
(in thousands)
Rate
(per 100 workers)

Total cases

2,834.5 2.8 110.0 2.7

Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction

1,578.7 1.6 62.4 1.5

Cases with days away from work

900.4 0.9 37.4 0.9

Cases with job transfer or restriction

678.3 0.7 25.1 0.6

Other recordable cases

1,255.9 1.3 47.5 1.1

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals.

Private industry injury and illness case types

Of the 110,000 private industry injury and illness cases reported in Illinois, 62,400 were of a more severe nature, involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction-commonly referred to as DART cases. These cases occurred at a rate of 1.5 cases per 100 full-time workers. Sixty percent of the DART cases in Illinois were incidents that resulted in at least one day away from work, compared to 57 percent nationally. Other recordable cases (those not involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction) accounted for the remaining 47,500 cases in Illinois, at a rate of 1.1. In comparison, the national rate for other recordable cases was 1.3.

In Illinois, manufacturing was the only private industry supersector to experience a significant change in the TRC incidence rate from the previous year. Two supersectors had significant changes in the DART incidence rate over the year-manufacturing and education and health services.

In 2018, 104,900, or 95.4 percent, of private industry recordable injuries and illnesses in Illinois were injuries. Workplace illnesses accounted for an additional 5,100 recordable cases. Three categories-skin disorders, hearing loss, and respiratory conditions-accounted for 39.2 percent of the occupational illnesses in Illinois. Nationally, these three categories amounted to 36.8 percent of the work-related illness total.

State and local government injury and illness cases

In the state and local government sector in Illinois, 26,500 injury and illness cases were reported in 2018, resulting in a rate of 4.8 cases per 100 full-time workers. Nationally, the rate was also 4.8. Approximately 85 percent of the injuries and illnesses reported in Illinois' public sector occurred among local government workers.

State estimates

Private industry and public sector estimates are available for 41 participating states and the District of Columbia for 2018. The private industry injury and illness rate was statistically higher than the national rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time workers in 22 states, lower in 12 states and in the District of Columbia, and not statistically different in 7 states. (See chart 1.) Caution should be taken when comparing rates among different states as some differences can be attributed to different industry composition within each state.


Technical Note

The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) is a Federal/State cooperative program that publishes estimates on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Each year, approximately 200,000 employers report for establishments in private industry and the public sector (state and local government). In-scope cases include work-related injuries or illnesses to workers who require medical care beyond first aid. See the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the entire recordkeeping guidelines. The SOII excludes all work-related fatalities as well as nonfatal work injuries and illnesses to the self-employed; to workers on farms with 10 or fewer employees; to private household workers; to volunteers; and to federal government workers. For more information on the scope and sampling methodology see the SOII Handbook of Methods.

Additional occupational injury and illness data are available from our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202)-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800)-877-8339.

Industry Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction Other recordable cases
Total Cases with days away from work Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

2.9 1.6 1.0 0.6 1.3

Private industry

2.7 1.5 0.9 0.6 1.1

Goods-producing

3.2 2.0 1.0 0.9 1.2

Natural resources and mining

3.5 2.7 1.5 - 0.8

Construction

2.4 1.4 1.0 0.4 1.0

Manufacturing

3.5 2.2 1.0 1.1 1.3

Service-providing

2.5 1.4 0.9 0.5 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.4 2.3 1.4 0.9 1.2

Information

1.3 1.1 0.8 0.3 0.2

Financial activities

0.5 0.3 0.2 - 0.2

Professional and business services

1.0 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.5

Education and health services

3.6 1.7 1.0 0.7 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

3.1 1.2 0.8 0.4 1.9

Other services, except public administration

2.3 1.4 1.0 0.3 0.9

State and local government

4.8 2.2 1.7 0.5 2.6

State government

3.6 2.5 2.0 0.5 1.0

Local government

5.2 2.1 1.6 0.5 3.1

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. Dashes indicate data not available.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Industry Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction Other recordable cases
Total Cases with days away from work Cases with job transfer or restriction

All industries including state and local government

136.4 74.4 46.7 27.7 62.0

Private industry

110.0 62.4 37.4 25.1 47.5

Goods-producing

26.0 16.0 8.4 7.6 10.0

Natural resources and mining

0.8 0.6 0.3 - 0.2

Construction

4.8 2.7 2.0 0.7 2.0

Manufacturing

20.5 12.7 6.1 6.6 7.8

Service-providing

83.9 46.4 28.9 17.4 37.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

34.8 22.9 13.9 9.0 11.9

Information

1.1 0.9 0.7 0.3 0.2

Financial activities

1.8 1.2 0.8 - 0.6

Professional and business services

6.8 3.4 2.4 1.1 3.4

Education and health services

24.3 11.5 6.6 4.8 12.9

Leisure and hospitality

11.5 4.4 3.1 1.4 7.1

Other services, except public administration

3.5 2.1 1.6 0.5 1.4

State and local government

26.5 12.0 9.3 2.6 14.5

State government

4.0 2.8 2.2 0.6 1.2

Local government

22.5 9.2 7.1 2.1 13.3

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. Dashes indicate data not available.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Industry All establishments Establishment employment size (workers)
1 to 10 11 to 49 50 to 249 250 to 999 1,000 or more

All industries including state and local government

2.9 1.0 2.4 3.5 3.3 3.3

Private industry

2.7 1.0 2.3 3.1 3.1 3.0

Goods-producing

3.2 2.0 3.3 3.6 3.1 3.0

Natural resources and mining

3.5 1.7 5.6 3.6 -

Construction

2.4 - 2.8 2.5 1.7 -

Manufacturing

3.5 2.4 3.8 3.8 3.3 3.0

Service-providing

2.5 0.9 2.1 3.0 3.0 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.4 - 2.9 3.6 4.4 5.0

Information

1.3 3.0 1.1 0.6 -

Financial activities

0.5 - 0.2 0.9 0.3 0.3

Professional and business services

1.0 - 1.0 1.2 1.2 0.7

Education and health services

3.6 - 2.2 4.3 4.6 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

3.1 - 2.4 4.0 4.5 3.2

Other services, except public administration

2.3 - - 2.7 2.0 -

State and local government

4.8 - - 6.6 4.4 4.1

State government

3.6 4.7 10.9 1.9

Local government

5.2 - - 6.7 3.4 5.6

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals. Dashes indicate data not available.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

Industry Total recordable cases Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction
2017 2018 2017 2018

All industries including state and local government

2.9 2.9 1.5 1.6

Private industry

2.6 2.7 1.4 1.5

Goods-producing

3.1 3.2 1.8 2.0

Natural resources and mining

5.6 3.5 2.8 2.7

Construction

2.7 2.4 1.6 1.4

Manufacturing

3.1 3.5* 1.8 2.2*

Service-providing

2.5 2.5 1.4 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.4 3.4 2.3 2.3

Information

1.2 1.3 0.9 1.1

Financial activities

0.5 0.5 0.2 0.3

Professional and business services

1.4 1.0 0.6 0.5

Education and health services

3.4 3.6 1.5 1.7*

Leisure and hospitality

2.9 3.1 1.2 1.2

Other services, except public administration

2.4 2.3 1.4 1.4

State and local government

4.5 4.8 1.9 2.2

State government

3.0 3.6* 1.7 2.5*

Local government

4.9 5.2 1.9 2.1

Note: Dashes indicate data not available.
Incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000 where: N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).
* An asterisk indicates a significant difference between the current year and prior year values, when testing at 95% confidence level.