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MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
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Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon,
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Lawrence G. Rebman,
Department Director



FOR PRESS INQUIRIES, CONTACT:  Amy Susan (573) 751-1518
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 9, 2010

Mo 2009 Figures: Injuries Cause Lost Time at Work

Jefferson City, Mo- Each year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Missouri Department of Labor collaborate on the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.  This survey is used to collect nonfatal occupational injury and illness data from approximately 5,400 Missouri employers in both private industry and state and local government.

The most serious nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases involve days away from work or lost work time for the injured or ill employee. Survey data indicated that there were 14,550 lost work time cases in Missouri’s private industry in 2009. There were 2,190 cases in Missouri’s local governments. The incidence rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers was 77.7 for private industry and 96.0 for local government in Missouri.

Goods and Services Industries
Survey data indicated that in 2009, 4,030 workers in private goods-producing industries had lost work time due to nonfatal injuries and illnesses. This was a statistically significant decline from the 5,150 cases in 2008. There were 110 cases in Missouri local government’s goods-producing industries in 2009.

In 2009, the number of Missouri workers who lost work time due to work-related injuries and illnesses incurred in private service-providing industries was 10,520, a slight change from the 10,370 cases in these industries in 2008. In 2009, there were 2,070 injuries and illnesses involving lost work time in the service-providing industries at the local government level. Comparatively, there were 1,560 cases in local government in 2008.

Experience on the Job
Workers with more than five years of service accounted for 38.1 percent of the nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses with days away from work in private industry in 2009; workers with one to five years of service accounted for 35.9 percent. Workers with more than five years of service accounted for 41.6 percent of the nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses with days away from work in local government in 2009; workers with one to five years of service accounted for 38.8 percent.

Age of Worker
Workers who were 35 to 44 years old accounted for 24.7 percent of the total number of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases with days away from work in private industry in 2009; workers who were 45 to 54 years old accounted for 24.0 percent.  In Missouri’s local government, workers who were 45 to 54 years old accounted for 31.1 percent of the total number of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases with days away from work in 2009; workers who were 35 to 44 accounted for 29.2 percent.

For more information regarding this survey, please visit www.labor.mo.gov/lmi/index.asp or www.bls.gov/iif.  To learn more about the Department’s free safety and health programs, call 573-522-SAFE or visit www.labor.mo.gov/SAFE.  For more information regarding this report, please contact the media department.

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