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Below are some of the pertinent statistics regarding Injuries:

Outdoor Recreational Injuries

A recent study examined National Electronic Injury Surveillance System - All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) data to develop and characterize national estimates of nonfatal outdoor recreational injuries.  Cases were selected for injuries that occurred in natural or environmental settings and that were associated with 1 of 21 outdoor products used or for activities participated in during outdoor recreation in natural or environmental settings.

Outdoor Recreational Injuries.doc


Emergency Vehicles

Crashes involving emergency vehicles, United States, 2007

Emergency Vehicles.doc


Private Sector/All Industries

The nonfatal occupational injury and illness data cover only private sector employees and exclude employees in federal, state, and local government entities and the self-employed.  The fatal injury data cover all workers in both the private sector and government.  There were 145,607,000 people employed in 2006, of which 124,038,000 worked in the private sector.

Private Sector All Industries.doc


Nature of Injury

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sprains and strains were the most common type of injury involving days away from work in 2006, accounting for 40% of the total 1,183,500 injuries in private industry.  Cuts, lacerations, and punctures were the second most common type of injury, followed by soreness, pain.  Overall, the manufacturing, education and health services, and retail trade industry sectors had the highest number of injuries, combining to make up over 46% of the total.



Causes of Work-Related Deaths and Injuries

Incidents involving motor-vehicles are the leading cause of work-related deaths followed by contacts with objects or equipment and falls.  For nonfatal cases with days away from work, contacts with objects or equipment are the leading cause followed by overexertion and falls.

Causes of Work-Related Deaths and Injuries.doc 


Workers’ Compensation Claims Costs

Head injuries are the most costly of the workers’ compensation claims.  Please see the attached graphs from the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) Detailed Claim Information (DCI) file, a stratified random sample of lost-time claims in 42 states.

 Workers%27 Compensation Claims.doc


Worker Deaths and Injuries On and Off the Job

Nine out of 10 deaths and more than two thirds of the disabling injuries suffered by workers in 2007 occurred off the job.  The ratios of off-the-job deaths and injuries to on-the-job were 11.2 to 1 and 2.7 to 1, respectively.

Production time lost due to off-the-job injuries totaled about 225,000,000 days in 2007, compared with 75,000,000 days lost by worker injuries on the job.  Production time lost in future years due to off-the-job injuries in 2007 will total an estimated 505,000,000 days, over eight times the 60,000,000 days lost in future years from 2007’s on-the-job injuries.  Off-the-job injuries to workers cost the nation at least $246.8 billion in 2007 compared to $175.3 billion for on-the-job injuries.

Injuries On and Off the Job.doc


While you Speak!

While you make a 10-minute safety speech, 2 persons will be killed and about 500 will suffer a disabling injury.  Costs will amount to $13,020,000.  On the average, there are 14 unintentional-injury deaths and about 3,000 disabling injuries every hour during the year.

Deaths and Injuries by Class 2007.doc


Injury Related Hospital Emergency Department Visits

About 42.4 million visits to hospital emergency departments in 2006 were due to injuries.

About 36% of all hospital emergency department visits in the United States were injury related, according to information from the 2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey conducted for the National Center for Health Statistics.  There were approximately 119.2 million visits made to emergency departments, of which about 42.2 million were injury related.  This resulted in an annual rate of about 40.5 emergency department visits per 100 persons, of which about 14.4 visits per 100 persons were injury related.

ED visits by cause of injury.doc


All Deaths Due to Injury

Mortality by selected external causes, United States, 2005-2007

All Deaths Due to Injury.doc


Leading Causes of Nonfatal Unintentional Injuries

Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries that are treated in hospital emergency departments (ED) according to data from the All Injury Program, a cooperative program involving the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Nearly eight million people were treated in an ED for fall related injuries in 2006.  Falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for all age groups except for the 10-14 and 15-24 year old age groups, for which struck by or against an object or person was the leading cause.  Struck by or against, overexertion, and motor-vehicle crashes involving vehicle occupants were also leading causes for most age groups.

Leading Causes of Nonfatal Unintentional Injuries.doc


Leading Causes of Death

Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death overall and first among persons in age groups from 1 to 44.  By single years of age, unintentional injuries are the leading cause from 1 to 41.

Causes are ranked for both sexes combined.  Some leading causes for males and females separately may not be shown.  Beginning with 1999 data, deaths are classified according to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases. 

Leading Causes of Death.doc


All Unintentional Injuries
Unintentional-injury deaths were down 0.4% in 2007 compared to the revised 2006 estimate.  Unintentional-injury deaths were estimated to total 120,000 in 2007 and 120,500 in 2006.  The 2007 estimate is 2% greater than the 2005 final county of 117,809.  The 2007 estimate is 38% greater than the 1992 total of 86,777 (the lowest annual total since 1924) and 3% greater than the previous highest total of 116,385 deaths in 1969.

All Unintentional Injuries 2007.doc



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