Work-related Incident Rate Trends

2019 marks the third straight year that the total recordable incident rate did not change


Two of the five private sector occupational injury and illness incidence rates published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2019 declined slightly from 2018.

The incidence rate for total Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable cases remained at 2.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2019. The incidence rate for cases with days away, restricted, or transferred (DART) from work was 1.5 in 2019, down from 1.6 in 2018. The incidence rates for cases with days away from work and cases with job transfer or restriction were both unchanged. Other recordable cases was 1.2 in 2019, down from 1.3 in 2018.

There have been several changes that affect comparability of incidence rates from year to year. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system beginning with the 2003 survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. Revisions to OSHA’s occupational injury and illness recordkeeping requirements went into effect in 2002. Beginning with 1992, BLS revised its annual survey to include only nonfatal cases and stopped publishing the incidence rate of lost workdays.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Note: Beginning in 1992, all rates are for nonfatal cases only. Changes in OSHA recordkeeping requirements in 2002 affect comparison with earlier years.