Workmen's Compensation: Prevention, Insurance, and Rehabilitation of Occupational Disability

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTES

Accident Data

Basic data on occupational injuries in the United States are incomplete and scattered. The best general sources are the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Safety Council, Chicago.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes injury-frequency rates and various severity measures for individual manufacturing industries, from 1926, and for all manufacturing and most non-manufacturing industries from 1936. Estimates of the number of disabling work injuries in all industries, by extent of disability, have been published since 1936. These series appear in its annual Work Injuries in the United States during ---- and in the Monthly Labor Review. Summary data appear in the Handbook of Labor Statistics. Special studies of injury rates and causes by individual industries are published periodically.

The National Safety Council publishes, in its annual Accident Facts, frequency and severity rates of member firms reporting to the Council (since 1926) and much additional information on the causes and costs of industrial accidents.

Accident statistics for the coal-mining industry have been collected since 1911 and published by the U. S. Bureau of Mines in annual bulletins and in Minerals Yearbook. Incomplete fatality records go back to 1870.

Records of injuries on interstate railroads have been collected since 1888 by the Interstate Commerce Commission and are published monthly in its Statement M-400 and in its annual Accident Bulletin. Many basic data, as well as analyses of injuries and compensation issues in the railroad industry, are contained in U. S. Railroad Retirement Board, Work Injuries in the Railroad Industry, 1938- 1940, Chicago, 1947, 2 vols. (mimeo.).

Injuries to Federal Government employees and to longshore and harbor workers are compiled and published by the Bureau of Employees' Compensation, U. S. Department of Labor, in processed form and in its Annual Report.

A few states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, publish useful injury statistics. These can usually be obtained from the State labor department or compensation agency.

Data on the incidence of occupational diseases are especialy inadequate. Confusion is caused by the fact that in some States occupational diseases are not distinguished from other types of injuries, and in a few States they

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