The Percentage of Workers Employed in Industries at High Risk for Occupational Morbidity

Rates of occupational injuries and illness vary greatly by both occupation and industry.  This indicator focuses on the proportion of workers that are employed in industries at higher risk for injuries and illnesses. For this indicator, “high risk” industries are defined as those U.S. industries with a total recordable injury/illness rate that is at least twice the overall rate for all private sector industries. Since the overall injury rate has shown significant declines over the past decade, the actual rate considered “high risk” is modified every five years.

Two data sources are used to create this indicator: data indicating industries with high rates of injuries and illnesses; and the number of workers employed in those industries in Minnesota. The number of workers employed in specific industries is derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns Survey.  The County Business Patterns Survey makes use of payroll data collected from randomly sampled businesses in mid-March.  The information collected from the payroll data is then used to estimate the number of individuals employed in a specific industry or occupation.  

State and national data on rates of occupational injuries and illnesses are derived from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in collaboration with the states.  The SOII collects data on non-fatal injuries and illnesses for each calendar year from a sample of employers. However, SOII does not include small farms, federal employees, self-employed, and household workers. The employers are required to provide information on injury or illness cases that result in one or more lost workdays, restricted work activity, job transfer, loss of consciousness, or require medical treatment (other than first aid).  National and state data are available from the BLS web site. In Minnesota, the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) compiles these cases and reports on an annual basis and the data are presented in great detail in DLI’s annual Minnesota Workplace Safety Report.

Industries that have at least twice the national rate of total reportable injuries and illnesses are classified as high risk. As the overall injury and illness rate has declined, the threshold rate for defining a high risk industry (at least twice the overall rate) has also declined.   For the time frame shown for this indicator, three different threshold rates were used for defining a high risk industry.  For the time period 2000-2002, an injury and illness incidence rate of 13 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent workers or greater was used (representing 64 types of industries).  For the period 2003-2007, an injury and illness incidence rate of 10 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent workers or greater was used (representing 37 industries). For the period 2008-2011, an injury and illness incidence rate of 7.8 cases per 100 full-time workers or greater was used (representing 55 industries).

The percentages of workers in high risk industries in Minnesota are shown in the graph and table below. High risk industries for the most recent time period (2008-2011) are also shown in the table below.

Percentage of Workers Employed in High Risk Morbidity Industries in Minnesota, 2000-2011

percentage of Minnesota's employed population in industries at high risk of morbidity, 2000 to 2011, data in table below

Percentage of Minnesota Workers in High Risk of Morbidity Industries, 2000-2011

Year Percentage
2000 6.9
2001 6.8
2002 6.9
2003 7.8
2004 7.8
2005 7.8
2006 7.6
2007 7.6
2008 8.9
2009 8.7
2010 8.9
2011 8.9

High Risk Industries for Occupational Morbidity, 2008-2011

Industry
Cotton Ginning
Sugarcane  Milling
Fluid Milk Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering Except Poultry
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing
Seafood Canning
Soft Drink and Ice Manufacturing
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing
Truss manufacturing
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing
All Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Tire Retreading
Porcelain Electrical Supply Manufacturing
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing
Other Concrete Product Manufacturing
Rolling and Drawing of Purchased Steel
Secondary Smelting and Alloying of Aluminum
Foundries
Forging and Stamping
Kitchen Utensil, Pot, and Pan Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Other Metal Container Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Wire Product Manufacturing
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing
All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Man.
Agricultural Implement Manufacturing
Sawmill and Woodworking Machinery Manufacturing
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing
Commercial Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Pressing Machine Man.
Industrial and Commercial Fan and Blower Manufacturing
Overhead Traveling Crane, Hoist, and Monorail System Man.
Light Truck and Utility Vehicle Manufacturing
Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Seating and Interior Trim Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping
Ship and Boat Building
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Wholesalers
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores
Air Transportation
Marine Cargo Handling
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Couriers and Messengers
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage
Veterinary Services
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
Specialty Hospitals Except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
Spectator Sports
Skiing Facilities
Special Food Services

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Updated Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 04:02PM