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Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

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Total of 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2021, up 8.9% from 2020


There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9-percent increase from 4,764 in 2020. The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020.
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Employers report 2.6 million injury and illness cases in 2021, down 1.8% from 2020


In 2021, employers reported 2.6 million injury and illness cases in private industry, down 1.8 percent from 2020. Injury cases increased by 6.3 percent to 2.2 million in 2021, while illness cases decreased by 32.9 percent to 365,200 cases in 2021.
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