TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2002
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA IDENTIFIES 13,000 WORKPLACES WITH
HIGHEST INJURY AND ILLNESS RATES
WASHINGTON -- Approximately 13,000 employers have been notified that injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average and that assistance is available to help them fix safety and health hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today.
Establishments with the nation's highest lost workday injury and illness rates were identified by OSHA through employer-reported data from a 2001 survey of 80,000 worksites (the survey consisted of data from calendar year 2000). The workplaces identified had eight or more injuries or illnesses resulting in lost work days or restricted activity for every 100 full-time workers; the national average is three instances for the same number of workers.
"This identification process is a proactive tool to raise awareness that injuries and illnesses are high at these facilities," OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw said. "Injuries and illnesses are costly to employers in both personal and financial terms. Our goal is to identify workplaces where injury and illness rates are high, and to offer assistance to businesses so that they address the hazards and reduce occupational injuries and illnesses."
Henshaw sent letters to all employers identified in the survey, and provided copies of their injury and illness data,
along with a list of the most frequently violated OSHA standard for their specific industry. While he expressed concern about the high rates, Henshaw also offered the agency's assistance in helping turn the numbers around. Assistance could come from OSHA's on-site consultation program designed to address safety and health issues, the state's workers' compensation agencies, insurance carriers, safety and health consultants, or other internal or external resources which can focus on hazard identification and control.
The 13,000 sites are listed alphabetically, by state, on OSHA's web site at:
http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/foia/hot_8.html The list does not designate those earmarked for any future inspections. An announcement of targeted inspections will be made later this year. Also, the 13,000 sites are establishments in states covered by federal OSHA. The list does not include employers in the 24 states and two territories that operate their own federally-approved state OSHA programs.
(NOTE: A list of the industry groups included in the OSHA 2001 Data Initiative follows this release.)
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The Standard Industrial Classification codes
for the 80,000 establishments covered in the OSHA 2001 survey
- 20-39 Manufacturing
- 018 Horticultural Specialties
- 021 Livestock (except Dairy and Poultry)
- 025 Poultry and Eggs
- 027 Animal Specialties
- 0291 General Farms, primarily animal
- 0783 Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
- 421 Trucking and Courier Services (except Air)
- 422 Public Warehousing and Storage
- 423 Trucking Terminal Facilities
- 4311 U.S. Postal Service
- 449 Water Transportation Services
- 451 Air Transportation, Scheduled
- 458 Airports, Flying Fields, and Services
- 4783 Packing and Crating
- 4953 Refuse Systems
- 503 Lumber and Other Construction Materials
- 505 Meals and Minerals (except Petroleum)
- 5093 Scrap and Waste Materials
- 514 Groceries and Related Products
- 518 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Beverages
- 5211 Lumber and Other Building Materials
- 5311 Department Stores
- 805 Nursing and Personal Care Facilities
- 806 Hospitals