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75 percent of occupational injuries in 2014 occurred in service-providing industries

November 03, 2015

In 2014, there were nearly 3 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry. Among those, 2.8 million, or 95.1 percent, were injuries. Nearly 2.1 million injuries, or 75 percent of those in private industry, occurred in service-providing industries. The remaining 700,000 injuries, or 25 percent, occurred in goods-producing industries.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for selected private industries, 2014
Industry Number of injury cases Incidence rate(1) Percent of total private injuries

Private

2,809,800 3.0 100.0%

Goods-producing

703,300 3.6 25.0

Manufacturing

440,500 3.6 15.7

Specialty trade contractors

129,800 3.7 4.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting(2)

49,400 5.2 1.8

Construction of buildings

40,400 3.3 1.4

Heavy and civil engineering construction

26,200 2.9 0.9

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

17,000 1.9 0.6

Service-providing

2,106,500 2.8 75.0

Health care and social assistance

575,000 4.2 20.5

Retail trade

404,900 3.5 14.4

Accommodation and food services

275,400 3.4 9.8

Professional and business services

208,700 1.4 7.4

Transportation and warehousing

193,800 4.6 6.9

Wholesale trade

159,700 2.9 5.7

Other services

72,500 2.4 2.6

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

52,000 4.0 1.9

Real estate and rental leasing

49,600 2.8 1.8

Educational services

37,000 2.0 1.3

Information

33,200 1.3 1.2

Finance and insurance

32,500 0.6 1.2

Utilities

12,100 2.2 0.4
Footnotes:

(1) Incidence rates represent number of injuries per 100 full-time workers

(2) Excludes farms with fewer than 11 employees

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the most injuries among private industries in 2014, with 770,500. Within this service-providing industry, retail trade had 404,900 injuries, or 3.5 per 100-full-time workers. Among other service-providing industries, health care and social assistance had 575,000 injuries, or 20.5 percent of private industry injuries.

Among goods-producing industries in 2014, manufacturing had the highest number of injuries with 440,500. The number of injuries per 100 full-time workers was 3.6, compared with 3.0 for all private industries. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting had 5.2 injuries per 100 full-time workers, driven by 6.8 injuries per 100 full-time workers in animal production.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. For more information, see “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2014” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 75 percent of occupational injuries in 2014 occurred in service-providing industries on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/75-percent-of-occupational-injuries-in-2014-occurred-in-service-providing-industries.htm (visited December 12, 2019).

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