Occupational Profile

Detailed nonfatal data over 2021-2022

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has transitioned from an annual to a biennial (every two years) publication schedule.  The final publication of a single year of cases involving days away from work estimates was for reference year 2020. BLS now publishes detailed data covering 2021 and 2022 for Days Away from Work (DAFW)Days of Job Transfer or Restriction (DJTR), and Days Away from Work, Job Restriction, or Transfer (DART) cases.

Occupational profiles provide data on the characteristics of injured and ill workers and the injuries and illnesses that affected them by occupational category. These data, which may be used to help set priorities for occupational safety and health programs and for benchmarking, indicate how many workers died from on-the-job injuries and how many were affected by nonfatal injuries and illnesses.

The fatality information only covers deaths due to injuries and comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The data are for calendar years 2011-2022 and include wage and salary workers, the self-employed, and unpaid family workers in all types of businesses and industries.

The data on nonfatal cases cover occupational injuries and illnesses and come from the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) for 2011-2022. From 2011 through 2020, annual estimates are available for the number of DAFW cases (with or without days of restricted work activity). Starting in 2021, biennial estimates are available for DAFW, DJTR, and DART cases. This page highlights both DAFW and DART estimates. The latest estimate period available reflects cases occurring in 2021 and 2022. For most industries, nonfatal case data do not cover the self-employed, unpaid family workers, or federal, state, or local government employees.

In 2022, the occupations experiencing the most fatalities include:

  • Transportation and material moving (1,620 – 30% of total)
  • Construction and extraction (1,056 – 19% of total)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair (431 – 8% of total)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (352 – 6% of total)

In 2021-2022, the occupations experiencing the most DAFW cases include:

  • Transportation and material moving (503,610 – 22% of total)
  • Production (223,840 – 10% of total)
  • Healthcare practitioners and technical (223,680 – 10% of total)
  • Healthcare support (218,110 – 10% of total)

In 2021-2022, the occupations experiencing the most DART cases include:

  • Transportation and material moving (835,040 – 25% of total)
  • Production (416,330 – 12% of total)
  • Healthcare support (284,840 – 8% of total)
  • Healthcare practitioners and technical (284,690 – 8% of total)

Data are presented for the sex, age, and race or ethnic origin of the worker and for the nature of the injury or illness, the source of the injury or illness, the industry of the worker, and the event or exposure that produced the injury or illness. Use the filters to select the industry sector of interest and the injury measure to view:

  • Fatal cases
  • DAFW cases
  • DART cases

All fatality data are available annually, while DAFW data are available annually through 2020. Starting in 2021, biennial data are available for both DAFW and DART. Because DAFW data transitioned from annual reporting to biennial reporting in 2021, care should be used when comparing trends.

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Source: BLS, U.S. Department of Labor. Nonfatal data for the nature code “Other diseases due to viruses, not elsewhere classified (nec)” (COVID-19) were provided by BLS through special request and have not been otherwise published by BLS.