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BLS Reports 2.8 Million Non-fatal Work-related Injuries and Illnesses Occurred in 2019

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  • 1 December 2020
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Out of a total of 2.8 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses, 888,220 incidents caused a private industry employee to miss at least one day of work in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In its annual update on private industry workplace injuries and illnesses, the BLS also reported:

  • Ten occupations accounted for 33.2 percent of all private industry cases involving days away from work in both 2018 and 2019.
  • High-risk occupations included nursing assistants, laborers and freight workers, and stock and material handlers.
  • Manufacturing accounted for 15 percent of all non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2019 and was the only industry sector in which the total recordable case rate had a statistically significant change – from 3.4 in 2018 to 3.3 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in 2019.
  • Employees over age 65 had an average of 16 days away from work due to injuries and illnesses in 2019, compared to an average of eight days across all private industry worker populations.
  • The number of FTE employees who visited medical treatment facilities for sprains, strains or tears declined to 6.5 cases per 10,000 in 2019 compared to 7.3 per 10,000 in 2018.

For its 2019 data analysis, the BLS said no changes in estimation procedures or outputs were necessary due to COVID-19. To learn more about pandemic impacts in the workplace, visit this webpage: Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, Compensation, and Occupational Requirements Statistics.

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