The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides annual information on the rate and number of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics. These data are collected through the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
Important note on future data: Beginning with the 2016 reference year, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) will present a single release of national data on November 9, 2017. This release will include industry counts and rates along with case circumstances and worker characteristics for cases requiring days away from work; in previous years, these data were released separately. State data will be released on November 28, 2017. A similar schedule will be followed in subsequent years.
As of October 1, 2016, BLS is piloting researcher access to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses restricted data at Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs), in addition to restricted data files for selected statistical research projects onsite at the BLS national office in Washington, DC. More information on accessing SOII data can be found at https://www.bls.gov/rda/home.htm.
Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
by Case Circumstances and Worker Characteristics
Fatal Occupational Injuries
by Industry, Case Circumstances, and Worker Characteristics
The quest for meaningful and accurate occupational health and safety statistics
A description of how the Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program has evolved to offer more accurate and complete data on occupational injuries and illnesses.
A pilot study of job-transfer or work-restriction cases, 2011–2013
This report presents data that led to employees being transferred to another job or restricted from their normal duties.
State Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
Special Estimates: State Musculoskeletal Disorders
Number and Rate of Cases of Musculoskeletal Disorder for Nonfatal Occupational Injury and Illness Cases Requiring Days Away From Work
Industry, Occupation, and Case Coding
Severe occupational injuries and illnesses decreased in 2015 to 94 cases per 10,000 private-sector workers and were about unchanged for state and local government workers. Injury and illness rates for private sector heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and nursing assistants declined.
The approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015 resulted in a decline in the incidence rate to 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, compared to 3.2 cases in 2014.
A total of 4,836 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S. in 2015, the highest annual figure since 2008. Nearly 20 percent of fatally-injured workers were employed in the private construction industry.
Recordkeeping, standards, and forms
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for the administration and interpretation of issues related to record keeping and safety standards. Here are links to assist you with these subjects:
Other Useful Links
What BLS does not have
- We consider data provided by individual companies to be confidential and not for public release.
- Costs are not available from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities statistical program.
Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF)
Staff members of the IIF program within the Office of Safety, Health and Working Conditions are available Monday through Friday for your assistance.
Telephone: (202) 691-6170
Fax: (202) 691-6196 or (202) 691-7862
Written inquiries should be directed to:
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Office of Safety, Health and Working Conditions
Postal Square Building - Suite 3180
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, D.C. 20212
Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry
Total recordable cases:
2,905,900 in 2015
Cases involving days away from work:
902,200 in 2015
Median days away from work:
8 in 2015
Cases involving sprains, strains, tears:
324,700 in 2015
Cases involving injuries to the back:
155,740 in 2015
Cases involving falls, slips, trips:
238,610 in 2015
Fatal work-related injuries
Total fatal injuries (all sectors):
4,836 in 2015
Roadway incidents (all sectors):
1,264 in 2015
Falls, slips, trips (all sectors):
800 in 2015
Homicides (all sectors):
417 in 2015
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