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Nonfatal and fatal work-related transportation incidents in 2019 and 2020

August 05, 2022

There were 54,750 nonfatal work-related transportation incidents involving one or more days away from work in 2020, down from 64,210 in 2019. The incidence rate also decreased, from 5.5 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2019 to 4.9 in 2020. There were 7,520 pedestrian vehicle incidents in 2020, which accounted for 13.7 percent of all work-related transportation incidents involving days away from work. In 2019, there were 7,070 pedestrian vehicle incidents, or 11.0 percent of all work-related transportation incidents involving days away from work.

Number of nonfatal work-related transportation incidents involving days away from work by selected events, 2019–20
Year Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle Nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles Pedestrian vehicle incidents

2019

45,150 9,210 7,070

2020

36,670 8,270 7,520

There were also fewer fatal work-related transportation incidents in 2020 (1,778 deaths) than in 2019 (2,122 deaths). Nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles also decreased, from 236 in 2019 to 206 in 2020. Fatal pedestrian vehicle incidents accounted for 18.6 percent (330 deaths) of all work-related transportation deaths in 2020, up from 16.1 percent (341 deaths) in 2019.

Number of fatal work-related transportation incidents by selected events, 2019–20
Year Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle Nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles Pedestrian vehicle incidents

2019

1,270 236 341

2020

1,038 206 330

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more about nonfatal injuries and illnesses, see Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2020 and charts on nonfatal injuries and illnesses. To learn more about fatal injuries, see National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2020. We also have more charts on fatal work injuries.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfatal and fatal work-related transportation incidents in 2019 and 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/nonfatal-and-fatal-work-related-transportation-incidents-in-2019-and-2020.htm (visited August 18, 2022).

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