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2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2018

November 12, 2019

There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018. That number was unchanged from 2017. The incidence rate for total recordable cases in 2018 was also unchanged from the previous year, at 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers. This was the first year since 2012 that the incidence rate for private industry has not decreased.

Rates per 100 full-time workers of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry
Year Rate

2010

3.5

2011

3.4

2012

3.4

2013

3.3

2014

3.2

2015

3.0

2016

2.9

2017

2.8

2018

2.8

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for nearly 1 in 5 injury and illness cases reported in 2018, with 577,400. Manufacturing had 430,300 cases, and retail trade recorded 409,900 cases.

Number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in selected private industries, 2014–18
Industry 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Health care and social assistance

612,500 598,300 585,800 582,800 577,400

Manufacturing

483,300 466,500 449,800 428,900 430,300

Retail Trade

416,100 410,400 395,900 395,700 409,900

Accomodation and food services

282,800 277,400 279,900 282,600 278,500

Transportation and warehousing

201,500 201,600 210,200 215,700 221,400

The data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2018."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/2-point-8-million-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-occurred-in-2018.htm (visited December 10, 2019).

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