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Workplace injury statistics

While workplace injuries and accidents may not seem like a very common occurrence, the fact is that more than 1.1 million days of work are lost by U.S. employees due to a workplace injury every year. More dangerous work conditions, jobs that require more physical labor, and even stressful time delivery schedules can all lead to worker related accidents and injuries.

What industries have the highest rate of worker accident and injury?

Topping the chart for the highest percentage of employee accidents and industries were jobs in the government sector.

  • Government transportation and warehousing - This job topped the list at 3.96 percent, with many risks being linked to overexertion, falls, electrocutions, incidents during transportation, and vehicle emission.
  • Government justice, public order, and safety - Coming in a close second at 3.93 percent is justice, public order, and safety where the highest rates of injuries were caused by falls as well as acts of violence.
  • Government healthcare and public assistance - State social and healthcare workers have an injury rate of 3.58 percent, with a high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries, and injuries sustained from trips and falls.
  • Government construction - Normally considered one of the more dangerous professions, construction comes in at a number four with an injury rate of 2.96 percent primarily linked to falls and accidents related to dangerous equipment or falling objects.
  • Government trade, transport, and utilities - The 2.74 percent injury rate primarily is composed of musculoskeletal injuries, transportation incidents, and falls.

Which industries have the lowest rate of injury?

The lowest rates of injury tend to be among office workers in industries such as education, business, and finance. Specific industries hailing the lowest employee accident and injury rates include:

  • Government educational services - With a low 0.58 percent injury rate most of the injuries are related to musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Business and professional services - Injuries rates of 0.53 percent are mostly attributed to repetitive stress and motion related conditions.
  • Financial services - The financial sector shows a significant drop to 0.37 percent with primarily office-related injuries as the cause.
  • Management - managers have an injury rate of 0.27 percent with the highest rate of injury being musculoskeletal problems.
  • Technical, professional, and scientific services - This industry has the lowest rate of injury at 0.25 percent mainly linked to falls and muscle disorders.

What industries have the highest amount of employee days away from work for injury?

While many accident or illnesses range from a few days to a couple of weeks off work for many workers, some injuries can be significantly more severe, and work requirements can be more physically demanding depending on the industry. So how do industries rank regarding average days off for injuries?

  • Mining - 31 days
  • Government transportation and warehousing - 21 days
  • Private transportation and warehousing - 20 days
  • Government trade, transport, and utilities - 16 days
  • Government justice, public order, and safety - 14 days
  • Hotel and food service - 6 days
  • Agriculture, fishing, hunting, and forestry - 6 days
  • Healthcare and social services - 6 days
  • Education - 5 days

How does gender and age affect for time off for injuries?

As you age, your body may take additional time to repair itself. Additionally, due to bone loss and other age-related conditions, there is a risk of more extensive injury when such injuries as falls occur. It comes as no surprise when statistics show that as workers age their time off work for injuries and accidents increases. While workers under the age of nineteen required an average of four days off, workers aged 65 and older had a median amount of days off of 17.

Thought to be related to the types of injuries different genders tend to suffer, studies have shown that men take an average of 10 days off for an injury, while women are reported to average seven.

What types of workplace injuries are the most common?

While injuries can vary significantly based on the position the worker maintains as well as the industry they are employed in, there are some injuries that are frequently reported across many fields.

Sprains, tears, and strains

This category accounts for 0.39 percent of workplace injuries and most often occurs in males and the 45-54 age group. These are often attributed to falls or trips and most typically affect the sufferer's joints. Two industries that appear to be affected the most by these injuries are firefighters and nurses.

Musculoskeletal disorders

These type of injuries are most often experienced by workers aged 45-54 as well and account for 0.34 percent of work-related injuries. These types of injuries most can cause problems in the back, neck, or shoulders, and are often attributed to falls, overexertion, and improper work environment. Males tend to be more likely to suffer these type of injuries than their female counterparts.

Pain and soreness

Pain and soreness account for 0.18 percent of work-related injuries and affects males more than females. This type of injury can affect any part of the body and is more prevalent in the 45-54 age category.


More females than males tend to suffer from bruising and contusions in the workplace with the age groups of 16-19 and 55-64 the most affected age categories. The percentage of injuries is 0.09 percent and is often the result of falls or running into furniture.

Cuts and punctures

This injury also has a percentage rate of approximately 0.09 percent and has the highest percentage rates among males aged 16-19. Cuts and punctures can be linked to equipment injuries from more dangerous level jobs or even office-related injuries from sharp furniture and office supplies.


Fractures are another common workplace-related injury that also has an incident rate of 0.09%. Fractures most often affect the limbs and can be caused by transportation accidents and falls. These type of injuries affect truck and transportation specialists and HVAC installers and repairmen more than other jobs. The highest category of workers affected is males over the age of 65.

With worker related injuries leading to a significant amount of time off work, it is important for companies to maintain and implement safety programs and protocols to help reduce the risk or worker related accident and injury.

If you have been injured in a work-related accident and need more information on how to proceed with a claim, contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.


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