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.
Detailed data on nonfatal injuries and illnesses, including by occupation, event, source, and nature can be found in worker case and demographic data.
For information on fatal workplace injuries, search fatal injuries data.
For the highlights of the most recently published data and publication schedule, see IIF news releases.
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.
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.
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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.
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The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data for 2021 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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