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SELECTED INDICATORS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:  A REPORT CARD FOR CALIFORNIANS

Injuries and illnesses

Workplace safety and health is of primary importance and the shared goal of all Californians. Ongoing cooperative efforts among workers, employers, employer and labor organizations, government agencies, health and safety professionals, independent researchers and the public have resulted in significant reductions in workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.   

This section will discuss the numbers and incidence rates of occupational injuries and illnesses, injuries and illnesses by occupation and other factors, and the efforts to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses. Also included is an overview of the requirements and methods to record and report occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States and California.

Where data are available, comparisons among private industry, state government and local government are also included.  

Occupational Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities

The numbers of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the private sector (private industry) and the public sector (state and local government) for the past several years are displayed and discussed in this subsection.  

Please note that lost-work-time occupational injury and illness cases involve days away from work, job transfer, or days of restricted work activity, and that days-away-from-work cases involve days away from work, whether or not there is also job transfer or restricted work activity.

NASI estimated that there were 125.9 million workers covered by workers’ compensation in the United States in 2004, including 14.7 million in California.

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