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Motor vehicle manufacturing nonfatal injury and illness rate twice as high as private industry

June 29, 2020

Workers in motor vehicle manufacturing suffered 6.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2018. The rate for the industry remained over twice as high as the rate for all private industry each year from 2009 to 2018.

Incidence rates per 100 full-time workers of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, motor vehicle manufacturing and all private industry
Year Motor vehicle manufacturing All private industry

2003

15.2 5.0

2004

13.1 4.8

2005

12.9 4.6

2006

11.4 4.4

2007

9.3 4.2

2008

7.5 3.9

2009

7.8 3.6

2010

8.0 3.5

2011

7.5 3.4

2012

7.4 3.4

2013

7.1 3.3

2014

6.9 3.2

2015

6.6 3.0

2016

6.5 2.9

2017

6.4 2.8

2018

6.3 2.8

Illnesses accounted for about 5 percent of all nonfatal injury and illness cases among private industry workers. By comparison, about 22 percent (3,000) of the 13,900 cases among motor vehicle manufacturing workers in 2018 were illnesses. This resulted in a rate of illnesses among motor vehicle manufacturing workers of 135.2 per 10,000 full-time workers. That was more than 10 times the illness rate for all private industry (12.6).

About half of the injuries and illnesses in motor vehicle manufacturing that resulted in days away from work in 2018 were musculoskeletal disorders from overexertion and bodily reaction. Workers in motor vehicle manufacturing experienced more than three times the rate of these cases (95.1 cases per 10,000 full-time workers) than all private industries (27.1).

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2018.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Motor vehicle manufacturing nonfatal injury and illness rate twice as high as private industry on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/motor-vehicle-manufacturing-nonfatal-injury-and-illness-rate-twice-as-high-as-private-industry.htm (visited July 14, 2020).

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