Healthcare | First Responder Comparison of Injury/Illness Rates - Special Report

Healthcare | First Responder Comparison of Injury/Illness Rates - Special Report

Newly published information reveals an interesting comparison of injuries and illnesses among healthcare and first responders that resulted in a leave of absence during 2018:

  • In state government, the incidence rate for psychiatric aides increased in 2018 and was over nine-times greater than the incidence rate for all state government workers (142.6 cases).
  • In the private industry, rates for nursing assistants (255.7 cases) was more than twice the rate for registered nurses (88.4 cases) and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (85.6 cases).

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Year Occupation code[1] Occupation title Private industry incidence rate[2] State government incidence rate Local government incidence rate

2018

31-1013 Psychiatric aides 647.7 1475.7 -

2018

29-2053 Psychiatric technicians 619.4 800.2 999.6

2018

33-3051 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 549.8 423.9 448.7

2018

29-2041 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 273.9 153.5 381.2

2018

31-1014 Nursing assistants 255.7 445.9 459.7

2018

33-2011 Firefighters 130.3 548.1 534

2018

29-1141 Registered nurses 88.4 194.5 97.3

2018

29-2061 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 85.6 427.7 133.9

 

Report data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.  As an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor it provides statistical guidance to the department and its agencies and works in partnership with those agencies to support their data needs.

 

Industry-level estimates

  • Incidence rates and numbers of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses are presented by industry and case types, including total recordable cases (TRC); days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) cases; days away from work (DAFW) cases; and other recordable cases (ORC).
  • Industry-level estimates for nonfatal injuries and illnesses combined and for injuries only are presented per 100 full-time workers for incidence rates and rounded to thousands for numbers of cases. Industry-level estimates of illness cases are presented per 10,000 full-time workers.

Case circumstances and worker characteristics

  • Estimates of case circumstance and worker characteristics are presented for the subset of cases that resulted in days away from work (DAFW).
  • Case circumstances include: event or exposure, source, nature of injury or illness, part of body, day of week and time of incident
  • Worker characteristics include: occupation, gender, age, and race
  • DAFW incidence rates are calculated per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers and case counts are rounded to the nearest ten.

Note:

  • More information on the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) can be found inthe BLS Handbook of Methods at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/soii/home.htm.
  • Data users are cautioned to take into account the different levels of precision when analyzing estimates presented in these charts.
Jan 29th 2020 Society for Trauma Education and Empowered Recovery