Bureau of Labor Statistics – A Wellspring of Data
The Bureau of Labor Statistics can be found at bls.gov
One of the great providers of Workers Compensation data is the Bureau of Labor Statistics . One has to know where to look to find the best WC data. Some of the data has to be extrapolated for it to make sense. Many Workers Comp statistics are not straightforward. Some of the statistics are basically indirect.
The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities page has a plethora of data on WC. The calculator page has been upgraded often. The calculator page enables anyone that accesses the data to have cross-sections of data that is borderline amazing.
The One Screen data analysis on the calculator page allows almost any type of analysis. This is where I send people when asked where to find great analysis besides the rating bureaus (NCCI, WCIRB, etc).
I have used the BLS website for many years. The data is accurate. If you check on even some of the rating bureau reports, you will see a footnote credit to the BLS.
Some of the latest numbers from the BLS are:
NONFATAL INJURIES AND ILLNESSES, PRIVATE INDUSTRY
Total recordable cases:
2,976,400 in 2012
Cases involving days away from work:
905,700 in 2012
Median days away from work:
8 in 2012
Cases involving sprains, strains, tears:
340,900 in 2012
Cases involving injuries to the back:
177,580 in 2012
Cases involving falls, slips, trips:
219,630 in 2012
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