Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in 2016

November 15, 2017

Among the 23 occupational groups, 6 had at least 64,000 injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in private industry in 2016. Injuries and illnesses to workers in these occupational groups accounted for more than 60 percent of the 892,270 days-away-from-work cases. Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of cases (178,620) in 2016. The incidence rate for transportation and material moving workers was 229.3 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers, more than twice the rate of 91.7 for all workers in 2016. Only construction and extraction workers had an increase in their incidence rate, with 169.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2016, up from 158.6 cases in 2015.

Number and incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected major occupational group, private industry, 2016
Major occupational group Number Rate (cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers)

Transportation and material moving occupations

178,620 229.3

Production occupations

99,070 125.3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

78,670 175.9

Construction and extraction occupations

77,780 169.2

Food preparation and serving related occupations

71,700 88.4

Office and administrative support occupations

64,580 43.9

Contact with objects or equipment was the leading event or exposure resulting in days away from work in 2016 for food preparation and serving workers, construction and extraction workers, and production workers. Overexertion and bodily reaction was the leading event or exposure for transportation and material moving workers; office and administrative support workers; and installation, maintenance, and repair workers.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfatal-occupational-injuries-and-illnesses-resulting-in-days-away-from-work-in-2016.htm (visited March 23, 2019).

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