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1.2 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses required days away from work in 2015

November 29, 2016

In 2015, there were 1,153,490 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that required days away from work to recuperate, compared with 1,157,410 in 2014. The incidence rate was 104.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, down from 107.1 in 2014. The median days away from work to recuperate, a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses, was 8 days, down from 9 days in 2014.

Within private industry, three industries experienced more than 100,000 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that required days away from work to recuperate in 2015: healthcare and social assistance (158,410), retail trade (123,770), and manufacturing (122,610).

Incidence rate and median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, private industry and state and local government, 2015
Industry Median days away from work Incidents per 10,000 full-time workers Number of incidents

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting

6 189.0 18,660

Mining

29 57.9 5,160

Construction

13 134.8 79,890

Manufacturing

9 99.0 122,610

Wholesale trade

9 106.5 60,340

Retail trade

7 105.3 123,770

Transportation and warehousing

20 204.3 90,990

Utilities

19 73.4 4,060

Information

18 56.3 14,050

Financial activities

7 41.3 30,110

Professional, scientific, and technical services

5 22.8 18,030

Management of companies and enterprises

8 26.6 5,700

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

9 85.7 43,590

Educational services

5 56.3 10,530

Healthcare and social assistance

6 113.6 158,410

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

6 105.8 14,110

Accommodation and food services

6 94.7 78,560

Other services

6 75.9 23,600

State government

11 149.2 59,590

Local government

9 177.5 191,750

In 2015, the incidence rates for health care (113.6 cases), retail trade (105.3 cases) and manufacturing (99.0 cases) were greater than the rate of 93.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers for private industry. Among major industries, transportation and warehousing had the highest incidence rate, with 204.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. Professional, scientific, and technical services had the lowest rate, with 22.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. 

The industries that recorded the highest median days away from work to recuperate from injuries and illnesses in 2015 were mining (29), transportation and warehousing (20), utilities (19), and information (18).

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 1.2 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses required days away from work in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/1-point-2-million-nonfatal-occupational-injuries-and-illnesses-required-days-away-from-work-in-2015.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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