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US - Metalcasting Injury Rates Climb for First Time Since 2004

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Injury and incidence rates in the metalcasting industry increased 11.5% from 2009 to 2010, coinciding with an overall incidence rate increase in domestic manufacturing, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The 2010 metalcasting industry rate, 9.7 cases per 100 full-time workers (an 11.5% increase from 2009), remained below 2008 levels. The metalcasting industry also saw a rise in cases where an employee spends restricted or transferred days away from a job, from 4.6 in 2009 to 5.1 in 2010. The metalcasting industry reported declining injury and illness rates from 2005-2009.

Iron metalcasting facilities reported the highest injury and illness rates (12), and non-aluminum nonferrous diecasting facilities recorded the largest increase in occurrences, a 36.8% jump from 2009. Steel investment casting and non-diecasting aluminum facilities continued to improve safety rates.

The recordable injury and illness cases for manufacturing as a whole increased from 4.3 in 2009 to 4.4 in 2010, a 2.3% rise.

Sourced from Modern Casting