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Date:December 13, 2010
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Louisiana’s Rate of Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Stays Low in 2009

BATON ROUGE -- Non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana's private industry remained constant at a rate of 2.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2009, the same rate as in 2008, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today. The private industry rate of work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana stayed at its lowest level since the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration revised its record-keeping rules in 2002.

The national private industry rate for 2009 was 3.6, down from 3.9 in 2008.

There were 138 work-related fatalities in Louisiana in 2009, according to preliminary 2009 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data. That number is up from the 2008 total of 135 deaths.

Breakdown of the work-related deaths by industry, include:

- Construction, 39 deaths

- Trade, transportation, and utilities, 38 deaths, with 25 of those deaths in transportation and warehousing.

- Natural resources and mining, 23 deaths

- Professional and business services, 10 deaths

The 2009 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) marks the second year that state and local government work-related injury and illness data were collected. The 4.7 incidence rate for state and local government in Louisiana is below the 5.8 nationwide incidence rate for state and local government, but above the Louisiana private industry's 2.8 incidence rate.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission collects the data in partnership with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additional state and national data is available at the BLS Web site's Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities section at www.bls.gov/iif.

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