An official website of the United States government
The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program produces a wide range of information about workplace injuries and illnesses. These data are collected and reported annually through the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
For information on nonfatal workplace injury and illness, see the most recently published industry data. See the latest industry incidence rates (OSHA recordable case rates), or calculate a firm's incidence rate by using BLS's incidence rate calculator. More information on calculating incidence rates.
Total nonfatal work injury and illness rates, private industry Year Total recordable cases Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer Other recordable cases
2.8 1.5 1.3
2.8 1.6 1.3
2.8 1.5 1.2
2.7 1.7 1
2.7 1.7 1.0
Note: Components may not add to totals due to rounding. For more information on case types, please see our Handbook of Methods concepts page: https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/soii/concepts.htm.
Total recordable cases: 2,607,900 in 2021
Median days away from work: 12 in 2020
Cases involving sprains, strains, tears: 266,530 in 2020
Cases involving injuries to the back: 128,220 in 2020
Cases involving falls, slips, trips: 211,640 in 2020
Total fatal injuries (all sectors): 5,190 in 2021
Roadway incidents (all sectors): 1,253 in 2021
Falls, slips, trips (all sectors): 850 in 2021
There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9-percent increase from 4,764 in 2020. The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020.
HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts
In 2021, employers reported 2.6 million injury and illness cases in private industry, down 1.8 percent from 2020. Injury cases increased by 6.3 percent to 2.2 million in 2021, while illness cases decreased by 32.9 percent to 365,200 cases in 2021.
HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts
The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses data for 2022 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
Respiratory illnesses in the retail trade sector rose 96.0 percent from 2020 (21,500 cases) to 2021 (42,100 cases). That drove a 75.6-percent increase in all illnesses (29,500 to 51,850). read more »
In 2020, fatalities caused by falls, slips, and trips accounted for 35.3 percent, (345 of 976) of the fatalities within construction and extraction occupations. Workers in construction and extraction occupations experienced 21,400 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses due to falls, slips, and trips. Of the 345 construction occupation fatalities from falls, 96 were experienced by construction laborers alone. read more »
This article explores the challenges associated with calculating occupational fatality rates in three high-risk occupations: firefighters, young farm workers, and police officers. read more »
In 2019, 5,333 people died as a result of injuries that occurred at work. Although some fatal injuries result in death on the same day, there are a substantial number of cases that have some latency, or delay between the date of injury and the date of death. This Beyond the Numbers article presents information on these latent cases. read more »