On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its annual news release on occupational injury and illness data for 2015. 

On November 10, 2016, BLS issued its annual news release on non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work.

The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) BLS data program provides annual information on the rate and number of work related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics.

In 2015, there were 1,153,490 non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses that required days away from work to recuperate, compared with 1,157,410 in 2014.  The median days away from work to recuperate, a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses, was 8 days, down from 9 days in 2014.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (BLS)

Private industry employers reported approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, lowering the incidence rate to 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers compared to 3.2 cases in 2014, 3.3 in 2013 and 3.4 in 2012.

For more information, please see the news release for the 2015 Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illness Summary.        

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Injury Statistics

OSHA statistics provide summaries of work-related fatalities and incidents resulting in the hospitalization of three or more workers reported to OSHA.  Employers must report these incidents to OSHA within eight hours. 

The summaries in the tables available on the OSHA website include only preliminary information, as reported to OSHA federal area offices or to states that operate OSHA-approved state plans. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities catastrophes in all covered workplaces.


Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Please see the MSHA website for accident, injury and illness statistics specifically in the Mining industry.