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888,220 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work in 2019

November 18, 2020

There were 888,220 nonfatal injuries and illnesses that caused a private industry worker to miss at least one day of work in 2019. Ten occupations accounted for 33.2 percent of the total private industry cases involving days away from work. The incidence rate for cases involving days away from work increased over the year for all 10 of these occupations. The rate for all private industry workers was 86.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2019.

Incidence rates of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per 10,000 full-time workers, selected occupations in private industry, 2018–19
Occupation 2018 2019

Nursing assistants

255.7 283.5

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

249.4 280.0

Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand

252.1 275.5

Light truck drivers

226.8 270.1

Construction laborers

209.3 231.0

Maintenance and repair workers, general

182.5 204.6

Stockers and order fillers

146.8 176.3

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

137.1 157.4

Registered nurses

88.4 102.1

Retail salespersons

72.1 80.2

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand had the highest number of cases resulting in days away from work with 64,160, followed by heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 47,990.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had a median number of days away from work of 19 days, down from 23 days in 2018. Light truck drivers had a median of 20 days, an increase of 4 from 2018. The median number of days away from work for all private industry workers was 8 days in 2019, the same as 2018.

These 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, 888,220 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work in 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/888220-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-resulted-in-days-away-from-work-in-2019.htm (visited December 03, 2020).

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