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The health care and social assistance sector is comprised of establishments providing medical care as well as wellness and social services to individuals.
As of 2019, there was an average of 20,184,056 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 1,639,795 establishments.
In the private health care and social assistance industry during 2019, there were 575,200 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 151,400 had days away from work (DAFW), 110,600 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 313,200 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 3.8.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
Sprains, strains, tears
Part of body affected
Multiple body parts
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Fall on same level
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Intentional injury by other person
Struck by object or equipment
Slips, trips without fall
 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 work injuries totaled 161 for the health care and social assistance industry during 2019, compared to 149 during 2018.
|Event or exposure||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019|
Total fatal injuries (number)
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
Fires and explosions
Falls, slips, trips
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Contact with objects and equipment
 CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.
 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
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