Private Sector Results – Lowest
The 1996 lost workday cases incidence rate fell to 3.8, the lowest since the start of the survey in 1972. The rate of nonfatal cases without lost workdays decreased to 4.0, the lowest ever recorded. Compared to the 10-year average, the 1996 lost workday cases incidence rate decreased 19.1 percent while the rate of nonfatal cases without lost workdays decreased 18.4 percent
Of the 80,777 total recordable cases in 1996, 48.8 percent resulted in lost worktime. An estimated 893,241 workdays were lost in Oregon’s private sector during 1996. This represents a 0.7 percent decrease from the 899,963 workdays lost in 1995.
Industry lost workday cases rates
The highest lost workday cases
incidence rate of the industry divisions, 6.0, was recorded by
the construction industry. The lowest rate was 0.6 in finance,
insurance and real estate, a 62.5 percent decrease from the 1995
rate of 1.6. Services and manufacturing also
Public Sector Results – Lowest
The 1996 public sector lost workday cases incidence rate of 2.6 is 16.1 percent below the 1995 rate of 3.1, and a record low. The 1996 rate consists of the state government lost workday cases rate of 2.2, and the local government rate of 2.7. The public sector logged an estimated 8,936 total recordable cases in 1996. Of these, 3,872 (43.3 percent) resulted in lost workdays. Lost workdays were estimated to be 69,618, down 15.3 percent from 82,170 days in 1995.
National Survey Results
Data in this summary are based upon the annual Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) survey which collects data from a scientifically selected sample of employer establishments across the state. This should be distinguished from the data collected from workers’ compensation claims submitted to the department by insurers. To be consistent with other years, data from 1992 and 1993 were re-estimated using the Oregon Estimation System. Some industry rates may vary from those published earlier.
For further information, or to order the 1996 Oregon Occupational Injury and Illness publication, please call the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, Research & Analysis Section at (503) 378-8254.
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