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Table 2 Kentucky Private vs. Public Security and Law Enforcement (SLE) Sector Injury Characteristics, 2005–2015

From: Workers compensation-reported injuries among security and law enforcement personnel in the private versus public sectors

Injury Characteristic Private SLE sector number (%) Public SLE sector number (%) Chi Square p-value
Nature of Injury n = 899 n = 3478 <  0.001
 Concussion < 10 (1%) 36 (1%)  
 Contusion 134 (15%) 429 (12%)  
 Fracture/dislocation 105 (12%) 314 (9%)  
 Gunshot < 5 (< 1%) 23 (< 1%)  
 Laceration/puncture 64 (7%) 276 (8%)  
 Sprain/strain 334 (37%) 1634 (47%)  
 All Other 252 (28%) 766 (22%)  
Cause of Injury n = 899 n = 3478 <  0.001
 Absorption, ingestion or inhalation 19 (2%) 119 (3%)  
 Cut, puncture, or scrape 12 (1%) 86 (2%)  
 Fall/slip 325 (36%) 664 (19%)  
 Motor vehicle-related 96 (11%) 550 (16%)  
 Person in act of crime 38 (4%) 274 (8%)  
 Strain 188 (21%) 944 (27%)  
 Struck by animal or object 89 (10%) 426 (12%)  
Struck or injured by fellow worker, patient or other person 48 (5%) 120 (4%)  
 All other 84 (9%) 295 (9%)  
Body Part Injured n = 899 n = 3478 <  0.001
 Head and neck 52 (6%) 158 (5%)  
 Face, eyes, mouth, and ears 47 (5%) 133 (4%)  
 Upper extremity 186 (21%) 1002 (29%)  
 Back 105 (12%) 265 (8%)  
 Chest and abdomen, including groin 72 (8%) 280 (8%)  
 Pelvis and upper leg 23 (3%) 91 (3%)  
 Ankle and foot 81 (9%) 291 (8%)  
 Knee and lower leg 169 (19%) 663 (19%)  
 Multiple parts, whole body, or body systems 151 (17%) 543 (16%)  
 No physical injury 7 (< 1%) 40 (1%)  
 Insufficient information 6 (< 1%) 12 (< 1%)  
Length of Time Off After Injury n = 899 n = 3478 0.001
 No lost time 23 (3%) 85 (2%)  
 < 14 days 207 (23%) 1033 (30%)  
 ≥ 14 days and < 30 days 32 (4%) 82 (2%)  
 ≥ 30 days 52 (6%) 153 (4%)  
 Missing values 585 (65%) 2125 (61%)