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printech, December, 2001
Re: Safetly Injury and Illness Statistics

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From: Gary Jones(gjonesprinting@aol.com )
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 15:00:24

1. PIA/GATF does not have a safety injury and illness benchmarking program. It is a good idea if we can get sufficient people to respond such a survey. This was tried several years ago and we got a poor response. 

2. Besides the OSHA statistics, which is derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no other public nationwide set of statistics that I am aware of. Until this year, The National Safety Council did compile a separate set of statistics which represented about 3000 companies who participated in their awards program. The last set of data published was from 1999 and I have that data if you want it. In speaking with the NSC, they stated that this data will no longer be compiled. In addition, the BLS does have some additional statistics on the injury and illness rate broken down by SIC code and employee size that may be of interest to you. The data is a little dated as it is from 1994, but if you want to see it go to http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/os/ostb0252.txt

3. Have you tried your workers' comp carrier? They may have some statistics that could be valuable. 

4. If you have more than one plant, you can always benchmark among the locations. 

5. You can also track and analyze by department and equipment along with analyzing your training programs.

 6. You could try this service Work Loss Data Institute: 

    Dear Gary Jones: The e-mail sent on December 3 had a glitch in the reply function, so we could not receive the response requests for the 2002 Official Disability Guidelines - an annual reference that provides return-to-work duration guidelines for every illness and injury. If you are interested in reviewing ODG, we need your response again. Please bear with us; your trial order will not be duplicated. ODG provides evidence-based "Best Practice" norms and stats on employee absence based on diagnosis, severity, treatment and job demands. It includes physical therapy and chiropractic guidelines, average medical costs and tables for benchmarking experience against a universe of reported cases from CDC and OSHA. The primary data source is described as "the most direct form of evidence that can be offered in court" under the newly revised Federal Rules of Evidence. ODG is available in book, CD-ROM or Internet versions. 

Pat Whelan, Director I33
Work Loss Data Institute
500 North Shoreline Blvd, #1101
Corpus Christi, TX 78471
361-883-5000, 800-488-5548, fax 361-883-7025 

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