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Occupation Snapshot | Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand, 2015-2019 | January 2021


Background

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Their specific duties may vary and could include performing other general labor.

As of May 2019, there were 2,953,170 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $15.45 and the average annual wage was $32,130.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 64,160 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 275.5.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics to hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers in private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

25,590

All other natures

8,730

Soreness, pain

8,710

Bruises, contusions

7,550

Cuts, lacerations

5,350

Part of body affected

Back

11,740

Hand

9,090

Knee

5,400

Shoulder

5,190

Foot

5,120

Source of injury or illness

Containers

19,110

Vehicles

8,670

Worker motion or position

7,380

Floors, walkways, ground surfaces

7,340

Parts and materials

6,720

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

12,990

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

11,090

Fall on same level

7,180

Caught in or compressed by object or equipment

4,210

Struck against object or equipment

3,730

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, 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 102 for hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers during 2019, compared to 113 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure to hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure[1][2]20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

7392106113102

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

7--118--

Transportation incidents

25272728--

Fires and explosions

----------

Falls, slips, trips

1319172319

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

810141912

Contact with objects and equipment

1930333227

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories. For more information visit: https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshfat1.htm.

[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

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 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 and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: February 3, 2021