The 5 Most Injury-Prone Industries

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By Kenneth Corbin

Last year, the U.S. workplace got a little safer for some: the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) tallied 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2010 among private sector firms, down from 3.3 million reported incidents the previous year. That made for an incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers last year, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It's a different story in the public sector, which saw a notably higher rate of injuries and illnesses. The BLS counted 5.7 cases among full-time state and local workers such as police and firefighters, with the lion's share attributed to employees of local governments.