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Industry Snapshot | Manufacturing, 2016-2020 | January 2022


Background

The manufacturing sector is comprised of establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.

As of 2020, there was an average of 12,083,479 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 358,272 establishments.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In the private manufacturing industry during 2020, there were 373,300 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 135,900 had days away from work (DAFW), 108,800 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 128,700 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 3.1.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, manufacturing, private industry, 2020
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

29,620

Soreness, pain

15,940

Fractures

12,030

Cuts, lacerations

11,660

Bruises, contusions

7,540

Part of body affected

Body systems

31,780

Hand

23,600

Back

13,560

Shoulder

8,380

Knee

6,930

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

35,800

Struck by object or equipment

18,040

Fall on same level

12,910

Caught in or compressed by object or equipment

11,240

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

9,760

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 341 for the manufacturing industry during 2020, compared to 336 during 2019.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, manufacturing, all United States, 2016-2020
Event or exposure[1][2]20162017201820192020

Total fatal injuries (number)

319303343336341

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

4831403442

Transportation incidents

7379839977

Fires and explosions

1221161010

Falls, slips, trips

4950466155

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

2841504050

Contact with objects and equipment

1087910690106

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: January 5, 2022