Indicator #15: Workers Employed in Occupations with High Risk for Occupational Morbidity

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Workers in certain occupations 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 occupations 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 # 15: Percentage of Workers in Occupations at High Risk for Occupational Morbidity, Maryland
Year Number Percentage
** List of High Risk Occupations Updated
2000 228,906 7.5
2001 204,523 6.1
2002 145,725 5.3
2003* 252,956 9.1
2004 246,527 8.9
2005 244,934 8.7
2006 287,293 10.0
2007 270,002 9.4
2008* 292,328 14.9
2009 268,627 14.2
2010 292,295 14.9
2011 291,925 14.9
2012 293,357 14.7

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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 occupations for non-fatal injuries and illnesses helps prioritize limited resources.

Data Source for this Indicator

Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey

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Limitation of Indicator

Differences in regional industrial practices may cause the ranking of high-risk occupations within a specific state or industry to differ from those identified from national data.