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Nonfatal Injuries and Illnesses Resulting in Days of Job Transfer or Restriction, 1992–2022

July 10, 2024

The number of private nonfatal injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, job transfer, or restriction was 1.8 million in 2022. Three decades earlier, in 1992, it was 3.0 million. Among these injury and illness cases, cases managed with days of job transfer or restriction became more prevalent over the period. In 1992, job transfer or restriction cases made up 21.1 percent of the total cases of days away from work, job transfer, or restriction in private industry. By 2002, the share was 42.4 percent. These cases made up 32.8 percent of the total in 2022.

Share of days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) cases by case type, private industry, 1992–2022
Year Number of job transfer or restriction (DJTR) cases DJTR cases as a percent of total days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) cases Number of days away from work (DAFW) cases DAFW cases as a percent of total days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) cases

1992

622,300 21.1 2,331,100 78.9

1993

714,900 24.1 2,252,500 75.9

1994

824,400 26.9 2,236,600 73.1

1995

931,200 31.3 2,040,900 68.7

1996

951,900 33.6 1,880,600 66.4

1997

1,032,800 36.0 1,833,400 64.0

1998

1,050,200 37.8 1,730,500 62.2

1999

1,040,300 37.9 1,702,500 62.1

2000

1,088,100 39.5 1,664,000 60.5

2001

1,021,500 39.9 1,537,600 60.1

2002

1,058,200 42.4 1,436,200 57.6

2003

986,000 42.8 1,315,900 57.2

2004

965,700 43.4 1,259,300 56.6

2005

950,100 43.5 1,234,700 56.5

2006

931,100 44.0 1,183,500 56.0

2007

877,200 43.1 1,158,900 56.9

2008

822,600 43.3 1,078,100 56.7

2009

702,400 42.1 965,000 57.9

2010

664,900 41.6 933,200 58.4

2011

642,800 41.2 918,200 58.8

2012

663,000 41.9 918,700 58.1

2013

655,600 41.7 917,100 58.3

2014

663,600 42.0 916,400 58.0

2015

669,800 42.6 902,200 57.4

2016

655,600 42.4 892,300 57.6

2017

645,300 42.2 882,700 57.8

2018

678,300 43.0 900,400 57.0

2019

670,000 43.0 888,200 57.0

2020

525,600 30.9 1,176,300 69.1

2021

554,600 34.3 1,062,700 65.7

2022

577,700 32.8 1,184,200 67.2

BLS has published detailed case characteristic and worker demographic data for days away from work cases since 1992. These details are now also published for days of job transfer or restriction cases, providing a better understanding of how occupational injuries and illnesses are managed.

During the 2-year 2021–22 period, transportation and material moving occupations in private industry experienced the highest number of nonfatal cases that resulted in a day away from work, job transfer, or restriction among major occupation groups (835,040 cases). Among those cases, most were due to overexertion and bodily reaction (329,150 cases). Half of these (165,690 cases) resulted in one or more days away from work, with a median of 21 days away. The other half (163,460 cases) involved at least one day of job transfer or restriction only, with a median of 20 days of restriction or transfer.

 Number of days away from work, job transfer, or restriction cases by case type and event or exposure, private industry transportation and material moving occupations, 2021–22
Event Days away from work (DAFW) cases Days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR) cases

Fires and explosions

360 100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animal

5,290 2,300

Transportation incidents

39,800 14,180

Exposure to harmful substances or enviroments

70,170 2,320

Falls, slips, trips

107,240 58,260

Contact with object, equipment

112,230 88,950

Overexertion and bodily reaction

165,690 163,460

Among transportation and material moving occupations, injuries from contact with an object or equipment led to 112,230 days away from work cases and 88,950 days of job transfer or restriction cases for a total of 201,180 cases. For these occupations, cases resulting from exposure to harmful substances or environments, including exposure to COVID-19, resulted in days away from work 96.8 percent of the time during 2021–22.

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 – 2022.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfatal Injuries and Illnesses Resulting in Days of Job Transfer or Restriction, 1992–2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/nonfatal-injuries-and-illnesses-resulting-in-days-of-job-transfer-or-restriction-1992-2022.htm (visited July 22, 2024).

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