Falls – Lower Level

Detailed nonfatal data for 2021 are not currently available.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is transitioning 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 is for reference year 2020. In the fall of 2023, BLS will publish detailed data covering 2021 and 2022 for both Days Away from Work (DAFW) and for Days of Job Transfer or Restriction (DJTR) cases.

Following highway crashes and intentional injuries by persons, falls to a lower level is the third leading fatal workplace event and the fifth leading event resulting in cases with days away from work. In 2021, 680 workers died and in 2020, 49,250 were injured (latest data available). This category applies to injuries when all of the following factors are true:

  • The injury was produced by impact between the injured person and the source of injury
  • The injured person’s movement produced the injury
  • The motion of the person and the force of impact were generated by gravity
  • The point of contact with the source of the injury was lower than the surface supporting the person at the inception of the fall

This infographic provides an overview of the 2020 nonfatal trends involving days away from work, including nature of injury, part of body injured, and industry. Explore the data details tab for information on fatal injuries, injury rates, and historic trends.



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