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Nonfatal injuries and illnesses resulting in days off work among nurses up 291 percent in 2020

May 06, 2022

In 2020, there were 78,740 cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that resulted in at least one day away from work among registered nurses in private industry. This was a 290.8-percent increase, about four times as many cases, compared with 2019, when there were 20,150 such cases. The increase in days away from work cases for registered nurses in private industry was driven by a drastic increase in cases due to exposure to harmful substances or environments. There were 660 of these cases in 2019 and 55,750 in 2020. Cases of work-related COVID-19 were coded within this category.

Number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work for registered nurses by selected events or exposures, private industry, 2019 and 2020
Event or exposure 2019 2020

Transportation incidents

760 480

Contact with object, equipment

1,990 2,830

Violence and other injuries by persons or animal

2,760 3,670

Falls, slips, trips

5,320 5,390

Overexertion and bodily reaction

8,610 10,510

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

660 55,750

Among the states, the largest percentage increases in private industry days away from work cases for registered nurses from 2019 to 2020 were in Illinois (522.2 percent), Missouri (591.7 percent), New Jersey (705.9 percent), Iowa (937.5 percent), and Michigan (1,007.1 percent).

Percent change in nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work for registered nurses by state, private industry, 2019–2020
State Percent change 2019 count 2020 count

Vermont

25.0% 40 50

District of Columbia

46.7 150 220

Oregon

57.5 400 630

Nebraska

75.0 240 420

Washington

115.4 520 1,120

Massachusetts

126.5 1,510 3,420

Ohio

138.2 760 1,810

Alaska

140.0 50 120

Arizona

140.7 590 1,420

Maryland

142.2 450 1,090

Virginia

144.4 450 1,100

Delaware

150.0 100 250

Maine

158.3 120 310

Hawaii

166.7 120 320

Montana

183.3 60 170

West Virginia

200.0 130 390

South Carolina

216.7 120 380

California

242.4 2,430 8,320

Wisconsin

253.6 280 990

Texas

271.3 1,150 4,270

Alabama

275.0 280 1,050

Utah

288.9 90 350

Pennsylvania

295.9 970 3,840

New York

314.9 2,020 8,380

Arkansas

320.0 150 630

Kansas

325.0 80 340

Louisiana

333.3 120 520

New Mexico

333.3 60 260

North Carolina

335.0 200 870

Connecticut

351.9 270 1,220

Nevada

354.5 110 500

Indiana

397.6 410 2,040

Tennessee

426.1 230 1,210

Minnesota

442.9 560 3,040

Kentucky

500.0 240 1,440

Illinois

522.2 810 5,040

Missouri

591.7 240 1,660

New Jersey

705.9 510 4,110

Iowa

937.5 80 830

Michigan

1007.1 560 6,200

Oklahoma

- - 570

Wyoming

- - 50

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet publication standards. States that are not present in the table did not participate in the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in 2020.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more about injuries and illnesses in the workplace, see “Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2020.” Also see more charts on nonfatal work injuries and illnesses page. Explanation of events or exposure is in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification Manual. Information on how COVID-19 is reflected in the nonfatal injury and illness data is in our COVID-19 Fact Sheet.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfatal injuries and illnesses resulting in days off work among nurses up 291 percent in 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/nonfatal-injuries-and-illnesses-resulting-in-days-off-work-among-nurses-up-291-percent-in-2020.htm (visited May 27, 2022).

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