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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
February 24, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Construction Industry Included in the Injury and Illness Survey
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is alerting 14,200 employers across the country that their injury and illness rates are higher than average and encouraged them to take steps to reduce hazards and protect their workers. This year marks the first time the construction industry was included in the notification.
"The purpose of the notification process is to alert employers that their injury and illness rates are above average," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw, "and then offer assistance that will help reduce those rates. This process not only raises awareness among employers of their higher than average injury and illness rates, but it also affords them a golden opportunity to take steps to reduce those rates."
OSHA identified establishments with the nation's highest lost workday injury and illness rates based on data reported by 93,000 employers surveyed by the agency last year (that survey collected injury and illness data from calendar year 2001). This was the first year the data collection initiative included the construction industry (13,000 construction employers were surveyed). Workplaces receiving the alert letters had six or more injuries or illnesses resulting in lost workdays or restricted activity for every 100 full-time workers. Nationwide, the average U.S. workplace had just under three lost-time instances for every 100 workers.
Henshaw sent letters to all employers with high injury and illness rates, 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 addressing his concerns for the high rates, Henshaw also offered the agency's help in turning those rates around, suggesting, among other things, the hiring of outside safety and health consultants, and using free safety and health consultation services provided by the agency through the states.
"The data collection initiative, which is conducted each year, gives us a clearer picture of those establishments with higher than normal injury and illness rates," said Henshaw. "Armed with this information, we'll not only be able to place our inspection resources where they're most needed, but we can also use the information to plan outreach and compliance assistance programs where they will benefit the most."
The 14,200 sites are listed alphabetically, by state, on OSHA's website at: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/foia/hot_9.html. The list does not designate those earmarked for programmed inspections. Also, the sites listed are those in states covered by federal OSHA; the list does not include employers in the 21 states and two territories that operate OSHA-approved state plans covering the private sector.
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(NOTE: A list of the industry groups in the OSHA 2002 Data Initiative follows this release).
the 93,000 establishments covered in the OSHA 2002 survey
- 15 - 17 Construction
- 20 - 39 Manufacturing
- 018 Horticultural Specialties
- 021 Livestock (except Dairy and Poultry)
- 024 Dairy Farms
- 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
- 501 Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies
- 503 Lumber and Other Construction Materials
- 505 Metals 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
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