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Workplace Injury and Illness Rates in Iowa

If you are employed in private industry in Iowa, you may want to be aware of the realities associated with injuries and illnesses associated with the workplace. The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks a variety of information about the type and number of these incidents both statewide and around the nation.

In looking at records from 2015, it is reported that in the state of Iowa, the number of people impacted by a work-related illness or injury was greater than the number of people impacted by a work-related injury or illness nationally. Overall, there were 3.7 people out of every 100 persons employed on a full-time basis who experienced an illness or injury on the job in Iowa that year. Based on data from states that reported, the national average was three people out of every 100.

Many of the incidents caused employees to miss work or to have to adjust their work responsibilities, including being transferred to new roles. Nationally, this happened to 1.6 out of every 100 workers while in Iowa it impacted 1.9 out of every 100 employees. The vast majority - 93 percent - of these cases involved injuries and not illnesses. Of the people who did experience a work-related illness, it was skin, respiration and hearing that were involved in 38 percent of cases.

If you would like to learn more about the nature and number of illnesses or injuries experienced by workers on the job, please feel free to visit the injured and ill worker page of our Iowa workers' compensation website.