California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains unchanged at 3.8 cases per 100 workers for full-time employees, the lowest rate in over a decade according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Over 470,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private-sector and public-sector employers in California in 2015.
The number and incidence rates of reported occupational injury and illness in 2015 remain at levels markedly lower than those a decade earlier.
The annual survey is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the California Department of Industrial Relations, Office of Policy, Research and Legislation.
The data is compiled from surveys completed by 16,000 statistically represented California employers and based upon data required to be collected under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Data for California for 2015 are posted online and include detailed summary tables as well as case and demographic data for private-sector and public-sector employers.
Of the nonfatal reportable job-related injuries and illnesses in 2015, 77 percent occurred in private industry and 23 percent in state and local government. The total number of injuries and illnesses increased slightly year to year, which correlates to an uptick in the state’s employed labor force from 17.4 million in 2014 to 17.8 million in 2015. The statewide all industry rate of “lost work-time” cases remained constant at 2.2 cases per 100 full-time workers over the last three years surveyed, while the rate of days away from work cases (DAFW) has remained unchanged for the past seven years.
The estimates indicate that total recordable case (TRC) counts in private industry and local government rose slightly in 2015, while state government cases decreased. Because of greater proportional increases in employment in 2015, TRC incidence rates (cases per worker) dropped slightly for private, state, and local government workers.
In the private sector, total case rates rose in some major industry sectors (agriculture, trade, leisure and hospitality), while falling in others (mining, construction, finance and insurance, information services), and staying relatively flat in others (manufacturing, education, and health services).
Nearly 28 percent of workers whose injury or illness involved days away from work in private industry in 2015 are new hires with tenure of less than a year.