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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.
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.
|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
Struck by object or equipment
Fall on same level
Caught in or compressed by object or equipment
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Struck against object or equipment
 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 336 for the manufacturing industry during 2019, compared to 343 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