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Air transportation workers had high rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016

April 30, 2018

Air transportation workers had 6.7 cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2016. That was more than twice the rate of 2.9 cases for all private industry workers. The rate for air transportation workers dropped to 6.2 cases in 2015—the industry’s lowest rate on record—before rising in 2016. This increase was due mostly to an increase in the scheduled air transportation industry from 6.6 to 7.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.

Rates of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers, selected industries, 2003–16
Year Transportation and warehousing Air transportation Scheduled air transportation Scheduled passenger air transportation Scheduled freight air transportation

2003

7.8 11.0 11.7

2004

7.3 10.1 10.5

2005

7.0 9.9 10.5

2006

6.5 9.9 10.6 10.8 5.8

2007

6.4 9.9 10.7 10.9 5.7

2008

5.7 8.7 9.4 9.6 2.9

2009

5.2 8.5 9.3 9.5 1.6

2010

5.2 8.1 8.7 8.8 5.4

2011

4.9 7.3 7.8 7.9 3.8

2012

4.9 7.4 7.9 8.0 3.7

2013

4.7 7.5 8.1 8.3 2.8

2014

4.8 7.5 8.0 8.2 4.1

2015

4.5 6.2 6.6 6.8 1.9

2016

4.6 6.7 7.3 7.4 1.3

Within scheduled air transportation, the rate for passenger air transportation, 7.4 cases in 2016, was significantly higher than the rate for freight transportation, 1.3 cases. The rates for both industries generally have trended down since 2006.

Among the three largest occupations in scheduled air transportation, flight attendants experienced injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work at a rate of 515.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2016. The rate for reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks was 145.2 cases. The rate for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers was 39.3 cases. Those rates compare with a rate for all private industry workers in 2016 of 91.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.

Rates of occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per 10,0000 full-time workers, selected occupations in scheduled air transportation, 2016
Occupation Rate per 10,000 full-time workers

Cargo and freight agents

746.9

Flight attendants

515.3

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

186.3

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

145.2

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

39.3

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Air transportation workers had high rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/air-transportation-workers-had-high-rate-of-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-in-2016.htm (visited December 05, 2019).

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