Kansas Workplace Injuries Decreased In Private Industries

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have released the 2012 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses data through the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

The survey data was randomly collected from over 3,500 Kansas employers.

Workers in private industries reported an estimated 33,400 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in Kansas in 2012 which decreased from an estimated 34,400 cases in 2011.

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in Kansas decreased in 2012 to a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, down from 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2011. This compares to 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2012 for the nation.

Kansas had a total of 8,110 cases involving injuries or illnesses that required days away from work in the private industry. The median number of days away from work was seven days and 26.8 percent of these cases involved 31 or more days away from work. Nationally, in the private sector, the median days away from work was eight.

Workers aged 25-34 accounted for 24.8 percent of all days away from work cases, followed closely by the age groups of 45-54 with 24.4 percent and 35-44 with 17.6 percent.

The occupation of laborers and freight, stock, and material movers by hand, had the highest number of cases with days away from work at 750 cases.

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor trailer, experienced the second highest number with 590 cases of days away from work, followed by nursing assistants with 360 cases and construction laborers with 330 cases.

The complete Kansas results are available at CLICK HERE

For more information regarding this survey, visit www.bls.gov/iif.


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