Type of injury or illness and body parts affected by nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2014

December 02, 2015

Sprains, strains, or tears were the leading injury or illness in private industry and state and local government in 2014. There were 420,870 of these cases requiring days away from work to recuperate. The incidence rate was 38.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, down from 40.2 in 2013. Workers who suffered sprains, strains, or tears needed a median of 10 days away from work, compared to 9 days for all types of injuries or illnesses.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by nature of injury or illness, private and state and local government, 2014
Nature of injury or illness Number of cases Incidence rate Median days away from work

Fractures

95,550 8.8 32

Sprains, strains, tears

420,870 38.9 10

Amputations

4,900 0.5 19

Cuts, lacerations, punctures

94,670 8.8 3

Bruises, contusions

97,080 9.0 5

Chemical burns and corrosions

3,750 0.3 3

Heat (thermal) burns

14,120 1.3 5

Multiple traumatic injuries

36,040 3.3 10

Soreness, pain

197,870 18.3 9

Carpal tunnel syndrome

7,970 0.7 32

Tendonitis (other or unspecified)

2,440 0.2 15

All other natures

182,150 16.9 9

In 2014, upper extremities affected by an injury or illness accounted for 346,170 cases, or 32 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. Hands accounted for 40 percent of those cases, the most among upper extremities. Shoulder injuries and illnesses caused workers to miss a median of 26 days of work, more than any other body part.

Number, incidence rate, and median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by part of body affected by the injury or illness, private and state and local government, 2014
Part of body affected Number of cases Incidence rate Median days away from work

Head

84,750 7.8 3

Eye(s)

23,730 2.2 2

Neck

16,060 1.5 8

Trunk

269,290 24.9 9

Back

200,250 18.5 8

Upper extremities

346,170 32 10

Shoulder

88,980 8.2 26

Arm

53,330 4.9 11

Wrist

43,980 4.1 15

Hand

137,440 12.7 5

Lower extremities

268,860 24.9 12

Knee

104,090 9.6 17

Ankle

60,830 5.6 9

Foot

52,070 4.8 9

Body systems

24,440 2.3 5

Multiple

131,910 12.2 10

All other parts of body

15,930 1.5 10

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Type of injury or illness and body parts affected by nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/type-of-injury-or-illness-and-body-parts-affected-by-nonfatal-injuries-and-illnesses-in-2014.htm (visited December 12, 2017).

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