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A look at workplace deaths and nonfatal injuries and illnesses for Workers’ Memorial Day

April 28, 2023

Workers’ Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for workers killed, disabled, or injured on the job, is observed annually on April 28. In 2021, 5,190 workers in the United States suffered fatal work injuries. The private construction industry accounted for 19.0 percent of the total workplace deaths in 2021, followed by transportation and warehousing with 18.8 percent.

Number of fatal work injuries in selected private industries, 2021
Industry Number of fatal work injuries

Construction

986

Transportation and warehousing

976

Administrative and support and waste management services

468

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting

453

Manufacturing

383

Retail trade

263

Other services, except public administration

242

Accommodation and food services

179

Wholesale trade

177

Health care and social assistance

137

There were 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2021, a 1.8-percent decrease from 2020. The decline in injury and illness cases resulted from a 32.9-percent drop in illness cases in private industry (from 544,600 in 2020 to 365,200 in 2021). Illnesses include work-related cases of COVID-19. Health care and social assistance was the only private industry that had a decrease in injury and illness cases in 2021, falling by 183,200 cases to 623,000. The decrease was driven by 163,600 fewer respiratory illness cases in 2021.

Number of nonfatal work injuries and illnesses in selected private industries, 2021
Industry Injuries Illnesses

Health care and social assistance

453,200 169,800

Retail trade

352,800 51,800

Manufacturing

334,500 50,600

Transportation and warehousing

235,200 17,900

Accommodation and food services

182,500 13,900

Construction

162,500 6,700

Wholesale trade

123,100 7,800

Administrative and support and waste management services

88,300 8,800

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting

40,700 2,800

These data are from the Injuries, Illness, and Fatalities program. For more information, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021” and “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2021.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries and nonfatal work injuries and illnesses.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, A look at workplace deaths and nonfatal injuries and illnesses for Workers’ Memorial Day at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/a-look-at-workplace-deaths-and-nonfatal-injuries-and-illnesses-for-workers-memorial-day.htm (visited April 15, 2024).

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