Work Injury Statistics
If you've been injured at work, you're not alone. Workplace injuries are all too commonplace, and they affect people in all lines of work, of all ages and of all ethnic and economic backgrounds, as these work injury statistics show:
- Each year, more than 4.1 million people in the United States suffer a workplace injury or occupational illness
- The injury rate is about 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers.
- More than 2 million workers are injured severely enough on the job that they miss work and need ongoing medical care.
- More workplace injures happen at mid-size companies (with between 50 and 249 workers) than at any other size business.
- Small companies with fewer than 11 employees report the lowest incidence of workplace injuries.
- In the United States, 165 people die from occupational diseases every day and 18 more die from a work-related injury - equaling about 1,000 deaths per year
- Workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries cost society $155.5 billion annually
- Most workplace injuries are preventable; only about 4 percent of all work-related accidents are caused by technical issues such as faulty equipment.
- Healthcare workers accounted for 6.5 percent of workplace injuries and illnesses
- Construction is one of the most dangerous professions, with a rate of 15.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. The leading causes of death among construction workers are falls, car accidents, electrocution, machine accidents, and being struck by falling objects.
- Construction workers account for 1 in 5 workplace deaths and 1 in 10 nonfatal on-the-job injuries and illnesses in 2004.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of workplace fatalities, causing about 1,300 worker deaths each year.
- Latino workers are injured on the job at a disproportionate rate.
- According to the most recent figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas had more workplace deaths than any other state, followed by California and Florida.
- In 12 states, -- Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia - the number of workplace deaths increased by more than 20 percent.
- Only 7 states -- Alabama, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and the District of Columbia -- recorded declines of more than 20 percent in the number of workplace deaths.