Virginia Works Newsletter
April - May 2004


The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry recently reported the overall nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate for Virginia in 2002 at 4.4 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers. A total of 119,800 injuries and illnesses was recorded in private and state and local government industries. The private industry rate was 4.3; the state and local government incidence rate was 5.0.

Occupational injury and illness information is reported by Virginia in tables of both numbers and rates. Rates for injuries only are expressed in terms of cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers. Illnesses are reported in terms of cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers. The total estimated number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in Virginia's private industry workplaces was 101,100 in 2002. The 2002 incidence rates varied by industry division, ranging from 6.1 in construction, manufacturing and agriculture, forestry and fishing to 1.6 in finance, insurance and real estate. This was the 32nd annual survey of job-related injuries and illnesses conducted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Because Virginia is one of 25 jurisdictions with a federally approved OSHA state plan, Virginia's state and local governments are surveyed along with private establishments. Additional information and more detailed tables of these results are available from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Office of VOSH Research and Analysis.

Additional data on injuries, illnesses and fatalities are available on the agency's website.

By Jennifer Wester, Cooperative Programs, DOLI

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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:18 PM