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2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in private industry in 2019

November 06, 2020

There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2019. That number was unchanged from 2018. The incidence rate for total recordable cases in 2019 was 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, which was the rate reported in 2018 and 2017.

Rates per 100 full-time workers of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry
Year Rate

2010

3.5

2011

3.4

2012

3.4

2013

3.3

2014

3.2

2015

3.0

2016

2.9

2017

2.8

2018

2.8

2019

2.8

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for 1 in 5 injury and illness cases reported among private industry workers in 2019, with 575,200. Manufacturing had 421,400 cases, and retail trade recorded 395,700 cases.

Number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in selected private industries, 2015–19
Industry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Health care and social assistance

598,300 585,800 582,800 577,400 575,200

Manufacturing

466,500 449,800 428,900 430,300 421,400

Retail trade

410,400 395,900 395,700 409,900 395,700

Accommodation and food services

277,400 279,900 282,600 278,500 288,700

Transportation and warehousing

201,600 210,200 215,700 221,400 227,900

The data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2019."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in private industry in 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/2-8-million-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-occurred-in-private-industry-in-2019.htm (visited September 17, 2021).

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