Industry injury rates assessed by study
by Meat&Poultry staff
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Animal processing and slaughtering, hog and pig farming; as well as poultry and egg production are among the 11 industry groups with the highest serious injury rates nationwide, claims a new report from Allsup. Allsup's research also claims the state-level industry with the highest rates of serious injury was animal slaughtering and processing in Oregon, with 8.3 cases involving job transfer or restriction per 100 workers in 2011 (U.S. average - 3.1).
This firm is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers.
The 11 industry groups with the highest serious injury rates nationwide are:
• Amusement parks and arcades - 3.2 cases involving job transfer or restriction in 2011 per 100 workers
• Animal slaughtering and processing - 3.1
• Beverage manufacturing - 2.7; Foundries - 2.7
• Nursing care facilities - 2.6
• Beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers - 2.4
• Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing - 2.3
• Hog and pig farming - 2.2; motor vehicle manufacturing - 2.2; community care facilities for the elderly - 2.2; and poultry and egg production - 2.2.
Serious workplace injury and illness rates differ substantially state to states -- even regarding workers in the same industries. The report titled, Allsup Study of Workplace Injuries, is based on data obtained from the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The company relays the new study focuses on the most work-threatening industries by location, based on the rates of injuries that are serious enough to involve "days of job transfer or restriction." The full report is available on Allsup's website: WorkInjury.Allsup.com.
"At a time when nearly 9 million workers are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits -- many of whom were originally injured on the job -- this report should draw attention to the widely varying rates of worker injury across states," said Mike Stein, Allsup assistant vice president of claims. "In this new study, Allsup drills deeper into the data to show not just which industries are responsible for the most serious injuries, but where."
According to the study, the states with the highest rate of workplace injuries that involve days of job transfer or restriction are:
1. Maine - 1.4 injury or illness cases with job transfer or restriction per 100 workers
2. Indiana - 1.1
3. California - 1.0
4. Connecticut, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wisconsin - 0.9
5. Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington - 0.8
All of these states have rates higher than the national average of 0.7 injury or illness cases with job transfer or restriction per 100 workers.