BLS releases annual workplace injury and illness statistics

Report shows fewer recordable incidents in 2014

Posted November 3, 2015

On October 29. the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2014 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The findings show that private industry employers reported nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014. While the total recordable cases incidence rate fell 0.1 cases per 100 full-time workers, the rates for cases involving days away from work and for cases of job transfer or restriction only were unchanged.

Additional findings from the 2014 Survey of Occupation Injury and Illness include:

  • Private industry employers reported nearly 54,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2014 compared to a year earlier.
  • Among all private industry sectors, the rate of reported injuries and illnesses declined in 2014 only among the retail trade, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services sectors.
  • Manufacturing continued a 17-year trend as the only private industry sector in which the rate of job transfer or restriction only (DJTR) cases exceeded the rate of days away from work (DAFW) cases.
  • Over half of the nearly 3.0 million private industry injury and illness cases reported in 2014 involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART cases).
  • Of the nearly 3.0 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2014, 2.8 million (95.1 percent) were injuries. Among injuries, nearly 2.1 million (75 percent) occurred in service-providing industries, which employed 82.4 percent of the private industry workforce.
  • An estimated 722,300 injury and illness cases were reported in 2014 among the approximately 18.3 million state and local government workers — for example, police protection and fire protection — resulting in a rate of 5.0 cases per 100 full-time workers.

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