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Injury rates within same industries vary by state: report

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Belleville, IL – Injury and illness rates may differ greatly between states – even within the same industries, according to a new report from Allsup, a provider of Social Security Disability Insurance services.

Drawing on 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, researchers identified Maine as having the highest rate of workplace injuries that involve days of job transfer or restriction at 1.4 per 100 workers, followed by Indiana and California.

By industry, the rates of serious injury in 2011 were highest in amusement parks and arcades (3.2 cases per 100 workers); animal slaughtering and processing (3.1); beverage manufacturing and foundries (2.7 for both); nursing care facilities (2.6); and beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverage wholesalers (2.4), the report states.

At the state level, injury rates were different for the same industry. For example, serious injury rates in the animal slaughtering industry ranged from 0.7 in Louisiana to 8.3 in Oregon.