Indicator #14: Workers Employed in Industries with High Risk for Occupational Morbidity

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Workers in certain industries sustain non-fatal injuries and illnesses at much higher rates than the overall workforce. The proportion of the workforce that is employed in these high-risk industries varies by state. This variation can help explain differences in injury and illness rates among states.


Industry Workers with High Risk for Occupational Morbidity 

Indicator #14: Workers in Industries at High Risk for Occupational Morbidity, Maryland
Year Number Percentage
*List of High Risk Industries Updated
2000 77,907 3.79
2001 79,641 3.81
2002 78,244 3.79
2003* 111,995 5.36
2004 114,887 5.34
2005 112,306 5.18
2006 115,668 5.18
2007 114,358 5.11
2008* 144,551 6.47
2009 141,903 6.69
2010 139,937 6.7
2011 139,245 6.6
2012 138,622 6.4

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Why is this indicator important?

Work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and control of occupational hazards is the most effective means of prevention. Concentrating on high-risk industries for non-fatal injuries and illnesses helps prioritize limited resources.

Data Source for this Indicator

Census Bureau County Business Patterns. For more information on this data source visit:

U.S. data and information about this indicator obtained from

Limitation of Indicator

It is possible that some new employers are not counted in the County Business Patterns mid-March survey. In addition, differences in regional industrial practices may cause the ranking of high-risk industries within a specific State to differ from those identified from national data.