Work-related Incident Rate Trends

Total recordable incidence rate continues steady decrease in 2016


Two of the five private sector occupational injury and illness incidence rates published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016 decreased from 2015, while the remaining three incidence rates were unchanged.

The incidence rate for total OSHA recordable cases was 2.9 per 100 full-time workers in 2016, down 3% from the 2015 rate of 3.0. The incidence rate for other recordable cases was 1.3 in 2016, down 7% from 1.4 in 2015. The incidence rates for cases with days away from work, job transfer or restriction; cases with days away from work; and cases with job transfer or restriction were all unchanged in 2016 at 1.6, 0.9 and 0.7, 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.