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Industries with the most injuries and illnesses, 1998


Industry(1)
Average employment in the 1,000s(2)

1998 incidence rate(3)
Metal doors, sash, and trim
32.4
31.2
Meat packing plants
149.4
29.3
Gray and ductile iron foundries
79.3
25.1
Motor vehicles and car bodies
343.7
23.9
Truck trailers
39.5
23.4
Ship building and repairing
105.9
22.4
Iron and steel foundries
131.6
22.1
Mobile homes
76.1
21.3
Automotive stampings
114.8
21.1
Steel foundries
29.1
20.8
Metal sanitary ware
14.9
20.0
Commercial laundry equipment
5.7
18.0
Fabricated structural metal
80.9
17.6
Poultry slaughtering and processing
248.3
16.8
Transportation equipment
26.6
16.3
Construction machinery
93.6
16.3
Hardwood dimension and flooring mills
36.9
15.5
Transportation by air
1,196.0
14.5
Fabricated structural metal products
467.5
14.5
Food and kindred products
1,686.7
13.6
Furniture and fixtures
532.2
11.4
Household appliances
117.7
10.9
Manufacturing
18,807.1
9.7
Nonresidential building construction
635.0
9.5
Industrial machinery and equipment
2,207.8
9.5
Construction
5,949.5
8.8
Nondurable goods
7,598.0
8.2
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing
1,815.1
7.9
Plumbing fixture fittings and trim
24.0
7.3
Mining
588.6
4.9
Vitreous plumbing fixtures
9.9
2.2


(1) High-rate industries were those having the 25 highest total cases incidence rates for injuries and illnesses within their category.

(2) Employment is expressed as an annual average and is derived primarily from the BLS-State Covered Employment and Wages program. Employment in private households is excluded.

(3) The incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as: (N/EH) x 200,000, where:

N = number of injuries and illnesses
EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year
200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

See also: Fatal workplace injuries by event or exposure, 1992-1998

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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