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Table 1

Workplace Injuries by Race, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of

 

 

 

Number

Nonfatal Occupational

Injuries per

 

Race

Employed

Injuries and Illnesses (a)

100,000 Employed

 

White, non-Hispanic

99,256,000

668,009

673.0

 

Black, non-Hispanic

14,064,000

114,453

813.8

 

Hispanic

16,699,000

180,419

1,080.4

 

Other

7,681,000

50,324

655.2

 

Total

137,700,000

1,013,205

735.8

 

 

Percentage Distribution

 

 

White, non-Hispanic

72.1%

65.9%

 

 

Black, non-Hispanic

10.2%

11.3%

 

 

Hispanic

12.1%

17.8%

 

 

Other

5.6%

5.0%

 

 

Total

100.0%

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Press Release, March 25,2004. (injuries)

 

 

 

 

a. Injuries and illnesses involving days away from work. Incidents for which race was not

 

 reported are excluded from the figures.

 

 

 

Table 2

On-the-job Fatality Rate by Race

and Hispanic Origin, 1992-2002

 

 

 

 

 

White

Black

Hispanic

 

(Number of Fatalaties)

1992

5,069

608

508

1993

5,106

664

604

1994

5,420

702

611

1995

5,061

689

610

1996

5,047

617

626

1997

5,096

676

656

1998

5,016

591

700

1999

4,990

626

725

2000

4,240

574

815

2001

4,168

563

891

2002

3,917

491

840

% change, 1992-2002:

-22.7%

-19.2%

65.4%

 

White

Black

Hispanic

 

(Fatalities per 100,000 employees)

1992

4.9

5.0

5.6

1993

4.9

5.0

6.5

1994

5.1

5.4

5.6

1995

4.7

5.1

5.4

1996

4.6

4.5

5.3

1997

4.6

4.8

5.1

1998

4.5

4.0

5.2

1999

4.4

4.1

5.2

2000

4.2

3.8

5.6

2001

4.2

3.8

6.0

2002

3.9

3.5

5.0

% change, 1992-2002:

-20.4%

-30.0%

-10.7%

Source: BLS, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), selected years.

Table 3

Accident Rates in Selected High Risk

Industries by Race, 2002

 

Number

Workplace

Injury Rate

 

Employed

Injuries

(per 100,000 employees)

 

 

 

 

MEAT PRODUCTS (a)

 

 

 

White

358,000

2,977

831.6

Black

81,000

1,325

1635.8

Hispanic

193,000

2,698

1397.9

 

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION

 

 

 

White

8,781,999

98,674

1123.6

Black

610,000

7,070

1159.0

Hispanic

1,819,000

26,133

1436.7

 

 

 

 

MANUFACTURING

 

 

 

White

15,268,000

150,204

983.8

Black

1,748,000

22,520

1288.3

Hispanic

2,419,000

39,478

1632.0

 

 

 

 

ALL INDUSTRIES

 

 

 

White

114,013,000

668,009

585.9

Black

14,872,000

114,453

769.6

Hispanic

16,590,000

180,419

1087.5

 

 

 

 

Sources:

 

 

 

 Department of Labor, BLS, Table R38. (Injuries.)

 

Current Population Survey (CPS), Industry and Occupation Tables, "Employed and

Experienced Unemployed Persons by Detailed Industry, Sex, Race, and Hispanic

Origin," Table 2, 2003. (Employment)

 

 

a. Includes slaughter houses and meat-packing plants.

 

 

 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.