Workplace injuries and illnesses incidence rate was 3.0 per 100 full-time workers in 2015

October 31, 2016

Workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2015. The 2015 rate, which is 0.2 cases lower than the 2014 rate, continues a pattern of decreases since 2003 (except 2012).

Nonfatal occupational injury and illness incidence rates per 100 full-time workers by case type, private industry, 2003–15
Year Recordable cases incidence rate
Total recordable cases Days away from work cases Days of job transfer or restriction only cases Other recordable cases

2003

5.0 1.5 1.1 2.4

2004

4.8 1.4 1.1 2.3

2005

4.6 1.4 1.0 2.2

2006

4.4 1.3 1.0 2.1

2007

4.2 1.2 0.9 2.1

2008

3.9 1.1 0.9 1.9

2009

3.6 1.1 0.8 1.8

2010

3.5 1.1 0.8 1.7

2011

3.4 1.0 0.7 1.7

2012

3.4 1.0 0.7 1.6

2013

3.3 1.0 0.7 1.6

2014

3.2 1.0 0.7 1.5

2015

3.0 0.9 0.7 1.4

Note: Because of rounding, components may not add to totals.

The fall in the total recordable cases rate was driven by a decline in the rate of cases involving days away from work and other recordable cases—each falling 0.1 cases—as the rate for cases of job transfer or restriction only has remained at 0.7 cases since 2011.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. For more information, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workplace injuries and illnesses incidence rate was 3.0 per 100 full-time workers in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-incidence-rate-was-3-point-0-per-100-full-time-workers-in-2015.htm (visited September 19, 2017).

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