Workplace Health and Safety by the Numbers

3,670,800 workplace injuries, 212,800 workplace illnesses. The numbers add up:

  • 42% increase in the number of illnesses per year over the past 3 years.
  • 50% of injury / illness cases result in days away from work or transfers.
  • 21% of U.S. workers fall victim to workplace illnesses.

Segments with highest injury rates:

  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Air transportation
  • Government: Justice, corrections and public order

How does your industry measure up?


Almost 15% more likely to be injured or get sick at work

  • incidents have increased by 2.6%
  • 22% more dangerous than mining
  • Industrial sub-sectors have the top 10 hearing loss rates

Utilities, oil and gas

Almost 22% more likely to get hurt on the job

  • 164% higher rate of skin disease
  • 69% higher rate of respiratory disorders
  • 161.8% higher rate of hearing loss
  • 22.3% annual increase in illnesses


Injury rate 77.5 higher than national average

  • 3rd highest rate of hearing loss
  • 2nd highest injury and incident rate
  • 3.98% increase in illnesses
  • 77.5% higher incident rate
  • 216% higher rate of skin disease


43% more likely to incur an on-the-job injury

  • 68% higher respiratory illness rate
  • 60% higher rate of haring loss
  • More dangerous than agriculture, mining and utilities
  • 3.4% annual increase in illnesses


1.6x more likely to be injured at work

  • 716,800 injures
  • 92,000 illnesses
  • 13.7% of all workplace illnesses
  • 15% of all workplace injuries

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