Work injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in 2011

November 14, 2012

There were 1,181,290 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2011 that required days away from work to recuperate. The rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 117 incidents per 10,000 full-time workers in 2011, statistically unchanged from 2010. The median days away from work—a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses—was 8 days in 2011, the same as the previous year.

Incidence rate and median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, by selected occupational group, 2011
OccupationMedian days away from workIncidence rateNumber of incidents

Management occupations

543.526,250

Computer and mathematical occupations

59.52,820

Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations

6109.864,250

Healthcare support occupations

6255.574,200

Protective service occupations

12361.292,870

Office and administrative support occupations

853.985,400

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

7155.214,460

Construction and extraction occupations

13201.385,950

Production occupations

9155.6113,630

Transportation and material moving occupations

13272.7194,640

Among major occupational groups, protective service occupations had 361 incidents requiring days away from work per 10,000 full-time workers in 2011. That incidence rate was more than three times the average for all occupations. Protective service workers also tended to have more severe injuries and illnesses, with a median of 12 days away from work to recuperate.

Transportation and material moving occupations had an incidence rate more than double the average for all occupations and a median of 13 days away from work.

Healthcare support occupations also had an incidence rate more than double the average for all occupations, but the injuries and illnesses tended not to be as severe, requiring a median of 6 days away from work to recuperate.

These data are from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days away from Work, 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2204.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Work injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121114.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

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