Rate of Workplace Injury, Illness Dropped in Texas in 2014

October 30, 2015

The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry decreased to 2.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2014, down from 2.6 in 2013, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced.

The Texas rate is below the national rate of 3.2. The total number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses also declined 2 percent from 198,800 to 194,642.

While injury and illness rates decreased in many industries, increases occurred in the utilities (54 percent), information (27 percent), and educational services (23 percent) sectors.

Among all industry subsectors, couriers and messengers reported the highest incidence rate at 9.4, which was a slight decrease from 9.7 in 2013.

The subsector with the largest decrease was leather and allied product manufacturing, which declined 70 percent from 5.3 in 2013 to 1.6 in 2014.

The 2014 nonfatal injury and illness data in this report are the latest available from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the DWC in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The occupational injury and illness rates are based on a statistical sample of private businesses in Texas.

Source: TDI

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