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New  Injuries and Fatalities Data

New Injuries and Fatalities Data

Dec. 20, 2023
New report from ISN shows 20,000 hospitalizations, 3,154 amputations and 871 fatalities. over past 6 years.

In a new report from ISN,  Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs), an analysis of more than 127,000 recordable incidents from 2017-2022 showed nearly 24,000 SIFs cases.

This incoluded more than 20,000 hospitalizations, 3,154 amputations and 871 fatalities.

Over the data’s six-year span, an interesting trend was identified with hospitalization cases. The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 resulted in elevated hospitalization cases despite the downturn in work activity; for 2022, however, ISN’s analysis shows a stabilization of cases with statistics that begin to return to pre-pandemic data sets.

In addition, 2022 saw the lowest number of amputation cases in the last six years. Unfortunately, however, the number of fatalities drastically increased.

HIghlights from the report include:

  • Sprains, Strains and Tears return as No. 1 incident category amid an aging workforce: After an anomaly in 2021, 2022 data shows a return of Sprains, Strains and Tears as the No. 1 incident reported by contractors from all industries, replacing Fractures and Dislocations. This can be correlated with an aging workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of workers aged 75 years and older is expected to grow by 96.5% over the next decade. As older workers are more prone to injuries through falls, tailoring occupational safeguards around this aging workforce demographic will be key to decreasing the number of Sprains, Strains and Tears among workers.
  • Contact with Object or Equipment was the most common cause of fatalities in 2022: As workforces ramped back up to pre-pandemic capacity, several factors played into fluctuations in SIF data for 2022, including a stabilization of exposure hours, temporary and new workforces, as well as a re-learning period from significant dips in work activity. 2022 saw a drastic increase in the number of fatalities, with the top three causes including Contact with Object or Equipment (55%), Trips, Slips and Falls (21%), and Overexertion & Bodily Reaction (13%).
  • Mid-size corporations experience the highest rates of fatalities: ISN’s analysis also considered the connection between company size and the likelihood of a SIF occurrence. Interestingly, the highest rate of fatalities is not correlated with the largest company size, but rather mid-size corporations. Much like Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), smaller companies who have a SIF event occur are seeing the biggest impact in their overall SIF rate for each SIF event. Regardless of company size, SIFs have a significant impact on both the affected individual and the organization.

Analysis of SIFs by Industry

The report focused on transportation, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and utilities as these are among the top industries for total deaths and life altering events. Highlights from the industry-specific analysis include:

  • Transportation: Human factors continue to be an overwhelming contributor to transportation related deaths. Based on job titles, drivers were the second most likely group to experience a SIF event. Additionally, Transportation averaged the second highest average Days Away from Work in 2022 at 95 days per case.
  • Oil and Gas: Oil and Gas operations can be classified into sectors with varying tasks and hazards in each. The Upstream-Onshore sector had the highest industry fatality rate at 9.5 (per 100,000 workers). ISN also analyzed job titles commonly associated with reported SIF cases in Oil and Gas and identified that technicians, laborers and floormen consistently make up the top categories year after year.
  • Manufacturing: Even with the wide variety of hazards and risks in the Manufacturing industry, ISN’s analysis shows that overall SIF rates have been below average compared to other industries. Also in contrast to other industries, the most affected body part in the Manufacturing industry was Lower Extremities.
  • Mining: 89% of all SIF cases for Mining in 2022 were classified as Days Away from Work. In addition, each of these cases has an average of 88 days (about 3 months) away from the job, resulting in a significant number of injured workers not actively performing work.
  • Utilities: The Utilities industry has moved the needle in the health and safety space regarding implementation of leading indicators and high-hazard work analysis. It consistently accounts for less than 1% of total SIFs reported month over month. While serious events are occurring, it is at a lower rate than many other industries.
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EHS Today Staff

EHS Today's editorial staff includes:

Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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