The OSHA Incident Rate works in many different ways. The main purpose of the OSHA Incident Rate is to compare the safety performance of your workplace to the state and national average of workplace safety. Using this Information, OSHA is able to make an educated comparison from business to business as to how each business group is fairing with workplace safety. Each year all business must fill out a 300 log, which reports all workplace accidents. Here is the OSHA Incident Rate for 2007.
In 2007 work related injuries at private industry happened at a rate of 4.2 injuries per 100 employees. In 2006 the rate was 4.4 so injuries dropped in 2007. This incident rate is at its lowest since 2002. In 2006 occupational injuries were at 4.1 million cases and in 2007 dropped to 4 million injuries. In both industry and occupational the incident rate dropped significantly in 2007. The main categories were work related accidents declined were social assistance, health-care, agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing, fishing & hunting, and construction. Manufacturing was the only industry that had more days away from work than accidents spanning from the years of 1998 to 2007. Business with employee numbers of 50 to 249 workers seemed to have more injuries and illnesses than smaller or larger businesses. In 2007 the most injuries and illnesses occurred in the medical field with 253,500 cases reported.
3.8 million of the accidents in the occupational field were due to injury. Out of the 3.8 millions injuries 2.6 million happened in the service providing workplaces. The other 1.2 million injuries happened in the goods producing workplaces. Out of the 4 million work related injuries and illness only 6% were due to illness. Work related illness also fell in 2007 compared to 2006. In 2006 there were 228,000 work related illness reported and in 2007 there was only 206,300 work related illness reported. In 2007 for every 10,000 employees only 21.8 cases of illness were reported.
On a state level, 12 out of 48 states reported less workplace injury and illness. For the other 31 states the averages stayed about the same. In none of the states did the average rise. In 26 states the average was higher than the national level. In 2007 the national level was at about 4.2 cases of workplace injury or illness to 100 employees.

Examples Of OSHA Incident Rates By Industry

Here is a list of private industries with over 100,000 work related injuries and illnesses.
•    Wholesalers – 100,900
•    Food Manufacturing – 102,000
•    Restaurants – 104,700
•    Grocery Stores – 112 ,000
•    Equipment Contractors – 112,700
•    Metal Product Producers – 112,800
•    Fast Food Restaurants – 116,000
•    Transportation Manufacturing – 120,000
•    Nursing Homes – 121,600
•    Ambulatory Health Care – 130,200
•    Administrative and support Services – 140,000
•    Retail Businesses – 140,000
•    Medical and Hospitals – 253,5000
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