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Industry Snapshot | Manufacturing, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

The manufacturing sector is comprised of establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.

As of 2019, there was an average of 12,776,157 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 355,019 establishments.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In the private manufacturing industry during 2019, there were 421,400 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 116,100 had days away from work (DAFW), 139,600 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 165,700 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 3.3.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, manufacturing, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

32,470

Soreness, pain

16,790

Fractures

13,400

Cuts, lacerations

13,100

Bruises, contusions

9,050

Part of body affected

Hand

27,250

Back

13,800

Shoulder

9,500

Knee

7,650

Multiple body parts

6,770

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

21,860

Fall on same level

14,400

Caught in or compressed by object or equipment

13,330

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

11,090

Struck against object or equipment

7,710

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 336 for the manufacturing industry during 2019, compared to 343 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, manufacturing, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure[1][2]20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

353319303343336

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

3748314034

Transportation incidents

9473798399

Fires and explosions

1912211610

Falls, slips, trips

6349504661

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3828415040

Contact with objects and equipment

1021087910690

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 11, 2021