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Hospital workers suffered 294,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014

April 25, 2016

In 2014, workers in hospitals sustained an estimated 294,000 nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses. Counts and rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses have been on a downward trend across all industries.

Incidence rate (per 100 full-time workers) of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry and in hospitals, by ownership, 2010–14
Year Private industry Private hospitals State hospitals Local hospitals

2010

3.5 7.0 11.8 6.9

2011

3.4 6.8 9.2 6.8

2012

3.4 6.6 9.2 6.2

2013

3.3 6.4 7.7 6.0

2014

3.2 6.2 8.7 5.7

Injury and illness rates at private sector hospitals (6.2 cases per 100 full-time workers) and local-run hospitals (5.7 cases) were significantly higher than rates for private industry as a whole (3.2 cases) in 2014. Workers in state-run hospitals experienced significantly higher rates of injuries and illnesses than workers in both local-run and private hospitals. This is likely due to different kinds of hospitals and differing patient populations within them—for example, a higher prevalence of psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals among state-run facilities and primarily general medical and surgical hospitals among private hospitals.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses, 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hospital workers suffered 294,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/hospital-workers-suffered-294000-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-in-2014.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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