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Occupational Illnesses and Injuries

The New York State Department of Labor, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), conducts an annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). This survey collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes nonfatal, work-related injuries and illnesses data for both the private and public employment sectors in the state. The survey results exclude nonfatal injuries and illnesses to the self-employed, workers on farms with fewer than 11 employees, private household workers, and federal government employees.

The New York State survey contains about 10,000 private sector establishments and 2,000 public sector units drawn from state and local government agencies. National estimates exclude employees in state and local government agencies. The SOII provides estimates of the number and frequency (or incidence rates) of workplace injuries and illnesses based on logs kept by employers during a calendar year. Those records reflect not only the year's injury and illness experiences, but also employers' understanding of which cases are work related under guidelines specified by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The number of injuries and illnesses reported in any given year can also be influenced by a variety of factors, including: the level of economic activity; work conditions and work practices; the experience and training of workers; and the number of hours worked.

The survey also provides detailed characteristics (such as age, sex, race, length of service, and occupation) for those workers who suffered injuries and illnesses involving at least one day away from work, excluding the day of occurrence. Injuries and illnesses involving time away from work are viewed as more serious than those that do not lead to lost time. Data on the circumstances of those reported cases (the nature of the injury/illness, the part(s) of the body affected, the event or exposure involved in the case, and the source(s) of the injury/illness) are also available. The source of the employment data contained in the tables is the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

Summary Tables (2003 - 2011)

Archived Reports (1998 - 2005)

For additional information, contact:

    Occupational Safety & Health Statistics Unit
    Division of Research & Statistics
    New York State Department of Labor
    1 Hudson Square
    75 Varick Street
    New York, NY 10013
    Telephone: (212) 775-3338

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