Injuries, Illnesses & Fatalities in Wholesale and Retail Trade in 2005: A Chartbook


December 2011
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2012-106
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This Chartbook provides a summary of fatal and nonfatal injury/illness information describing a large population of understudied workplaces and workers: the wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector. The WRT sector consists of one of ten industry sectors formed from stakeholder meetings conducted throughout the U.S. by NIOSH that served to define the structure of the second decade of NORA. The contents of the WRT Chartbook are based on data from the mid-decade year of 2005. This year was chosen to serve as the baseline for the WRT sector, which corresponds to the launch of the second decade of NORA. The purpose of this Chartbook is to identify high-risk subsectors, as well as industries, occupations, and tasks, in the WRT sector for 2005. Researchers and practitioners will be able to use the Chartbook as a resource to address the controls and prevention needed for reducing the workplace injuries/illnesses and fatalities occurring in the WRT sector. The primary information source for the WRT Chartbook is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which incorporates additional data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, among other related sources [BLS 2010]. The BLS provides through its Web site an extensive set of files containing information on the number and rates of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The WRT Chartbook can serve to alert employers, employees, and researchers to hazards in the WRT sector that may affect them, and provide direction for new research and prevention efforts in the sector. The data are presented as tables and charts.

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