Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release, USDL-16-2056, October 27, 2016

There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private
industry employers in 2015, which occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See tables 1 and 2.) The 2015 rate continues a
pattern of declines that, apart from 2012, occurred annually for the last 13 years. ….

Public Sector
An estimated 752,600 injury and illness cases were reported in 2015 among the approximately 18.4 million state and local government workers—for example, elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, and police or fire protection—resulting in a rate of 5.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. The rate among these workers was relatively unchanged from a year earlier (5.0 cases) but was higher than the rate among private industry workers (3.0 cases) in 2015. Approximately 4 in 5 injuries and illnesses reported in the public sector occurred among local government workers in 2015, resulting in an injury and illness rate of 5.6 cases per 100 full-time workers—higher than the 3.7 cases per 100 full-time workers in state government. The incident rate of injuries and illnesses among state government workers declined significantly from 2014 (4.1 cases), while the rate among local government workers was statistically unchanged from a year earlier. ….