Work-related Incident Rate Trends

2017 marks the 5th consecutive decrease in the total recordable incident rate

Two of the five private sector occupational injury and illness incidence rates published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2017 decreased from 2016, while the remaining three incidence rates were unchanged

The incidence rate for total OSHA recordable cases was 2.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2017, down 3% from the 2016 rate of 2.9. The incidence rate for cases with days away from work, job transfer or restriction (DART) was 1.5 in 2017, down 6% from 1.6 in 2016. The incidence rates for cases with days away from work; cases with job transfer or restriction; and other recordable cases were all unchanged in 2017 at 0.9, 0.7 and 1.3, respectively.

There have been several changes that affect comparability of incidence rates from year to year. The North American Industry Classification System replaced the Standard Industrial Classification system beginning with the 2003 survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’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.


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