Musculoskeletal Injuries

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.

Use this interactive chart to explore musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) injury and illness trends. Injury and illness demographics show that 38% of nonfatal injuries happen to females, and the number of injuries and illnesses peak among 45- to 54-year-old workers. The healthcare and social assistance industry experienced the highest number of injuries and illnesses. Use the filters to explore injury trends by industry, occupation, part of body injured, event or exposure, and nature or type of injury.

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Source: National Safety Council analysis of BLS data.