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Rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses decreased in aircraft manufacturing in 2017

January 30, 2019

The nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses incidence rate in the aircraft manufacturing industry decreased from 3.4 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2016 to 2.8 in 2017. The rate of job transfer or restriction cases fell from 1.6 to 1.2.

Incidence rates (per 100 FTE workers) of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by case type in aircraft manufacturing, 2003–17
Year Total recordable cases Days away from work Job transfer or restriction Other recordable cases

2003

5.6 1.3 1.8 2.5

2004

4.8 1.0 1.7 2.1

2005

4.4 1.0 1.6 1.8

2006

4.4 1.0 1.5 1.9

2007

4.1 1.0 1.4 1.7

2008

3.7 0.8 1.4 1.5

2009

3.7 0.8 1.4 1.5

2010

3.7 0.9 1.4 1.4

2011

3.7 0.8 1.6 1.4

2012

3.8 0.8 1.6 1.4

2013

3.7 0.7 1.7 1.3

2014*

- - - -

2015

3.3 0.6 1.6 1.0

2016

3.4 0.6 1.6 1.1

2017

2.8 0.6 1.2 1.0

Note: Data for 2014 are not available.

In 2017, bending; overexertion, pushing and/or pulling; and repetitive use of tools and/or equipment were the most common causes of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in aircraft manufacturing.

Incidence rates (per 10,000 FTE workers) of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work versus job transfer or restriction in aircraft manufacturing, by selected event or exposure, 2017
Event or exposure Days away from work Job transfer or restriction

Handheld object

1.1 12.7

Fall on same level due to tripping

2.4 10.1

Overexertion, lifting/lowering

2.8 7.3

Bending

6.3 18.7

Overexertion, pushing/pulling

6.7 12.0

Repetitive use of tools/equipment

11.8 5.2

All others

32.4 56.0

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in job transfer or restriction were most often caused by falls on same level due to tripping; overexertion, pushing and/or pulling; handheld objects; and bending.  

The data on nonfatal workplace injury and illness are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2017."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses decreased in aircraft manufacturing in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/rate-of-nonfatal-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-decreased-in-aircraft-manufacturing-in-2017.htm (visited November 21, 2019).

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