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Workplace Injuries Unchanged Last Year

There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in…

  • December 3, 2019

There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018, unchanged from 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

These data are estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). The incidence rate for total recordable cases (TRC) in private industry also remained unchanged from a year ago.

This is the first year since 2012 that the TRC rate did not decline.

The incidence rates for days away from work (DAFW) cases and for days of job transfer and restriction only (DJTR) cases did not change from 2017.

Retail trade was the only private industry sector where the TRC rate increased in 2018, rising from 3.3 cases to 3.5 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

This was the first increase in the TRC rate in retail trade since the series began in 2003. Retail trade accounted for 14 percent of all injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2018.

Within private industry, there were 900,380 injuries or illnesses that caused a worker to miss at least one day of work in 2018, essentially unchanged from 2017.

Results from the 2018 SOII contain the first national estimates for emergency room (ER) and hospital visits for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring DAFW.

Estimates include case and demographic data elements such as industry, event, and occupation.

A total of 333,830 DAFW cases resulted in a visit to a medical facility such as an emergency room or in-patient hospital.

Additional detail on these case types are available in the section on emergency room and hospital visits.

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