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Transportation and material moving workers experienced 184,470 injuries and illnesses in 2018

December 06, 2019

There were 900,380 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector in 2018 in which the injured or ill worker took a least one day away from work to recuperate. This was essentially the same number reported for 2017. The incidence rate remained unchanged in 2018 at 89.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. In 2018, the median days away from work to recuperate was 8 days, the same as reported in 2017.

Number, incidence rate, and median days away from work for nonfatal work injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by major occupation group, private industry, 2018
Occupation Number of cases Incidence rate Median days away from work

Transportation and material moving

184,470 193.7 13

Production

98,140 106.5 7

Installation, maintenance, and repair

79,380 148.1 10

Construction and extraction

73,630 127.3 11

Food preparation and serving related

73,410 75.2 6

Office and administrative support

64,800 38.4 10

Sales and related

59,610 46.6 8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

54,400 166.0 7

Healthcare practitioners and technical

50,810 72.9 6

Healthcare support

47,960 142.5 6

Personal care and service

27,670 70.2 5

Management

23,270 30.8 6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

15,390 120.2 7

Education, training, and library

11,370 61.4 4

Protective service

10,000 83.1 11

Community and social service

7,380 58.4 5

Business and financial operations

5,730 8.7 9

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

5,660 36.0 8

Architecture and engineering

2,930 12.3 6

Computer and mathematical

1,550 3.8 6

Life, physical, and social science

1,370 18.7 7

Legal

690 7.5 19

Workers in transportation and material moving occupations experienced 184,470 injuries and illnesses in 2018 that resulted in days away from work. That was 20 percent of all the cases that resulted in days away from work. The incidence rate for transportation and material moving workers was 193.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. These workers took a median of 13 days away from work to recuperate from their injuries and illnesses.

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers had 54,400 injuries and illness in 2018 that resulted in days away from work. The incidence rate for these workers was 166.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. They took a median of 7 days away from work to recuperate from their injuries and illnesses.

These 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, Transportation and material moving workers experienced 184,470 injuries and illnesses in 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/transportation-and-material-moving-workers-experienced-184470-injuries-and-illnesses-in-2018.htm (visited September 19, 2020).

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