Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release, USDL-16-2130, November 10, 2016

The overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from
work to recuperate was 104.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015, down from 107.1 cases in 2014,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In 2015, there were 1,153,490 days-away-from-work
cases in private industry, state government, and local government—essentially unchanged from the
number of cases reported in 2014. The median days away from work to recuperate—a key measure of
severity of injuries and illnesses—was 8 days in 2015, 1 day fewer than reported in 2014. ….

….State and local government occupations The incidence rates for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses with days away from work for state (149.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers) and local government (177.5) were essentially unchanged in 2015. (See table 1.)
• In state or local government, there were five occupations with at least 10,000 cases: police and sheriff’s patrol officers; firefighters; janitors and cleaners; and teacher assistants in local government and correctional officers and jailers in state government. (See table 3.)
• The incidence rate of injuries and illnesses to janitors and cleaners in local government increased to 657.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015 from 434.0 cases in 2014. (See chart A.)
• The incidence rate of injuries and illnesses to firefighters in local government decreased to 422.2 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015 from a rate of 495.2 in 2014. (See chart A.)….