Worker Off-the-Job Safety

More than 9 out of 10 deaths and 80% of the medically consulted injuries suffered by workers in 2018 occurred off the job. While over 16 times the number of deaths occur off the job than on the job (16.2 to 1), nearly four times as many medically consulted injuries occur off the job (3.91 to 1).

Production time lost due to off-the-job injuries totaled about 350,000,000 days in 2018, compared to 70,000,000 days lost by workers injured on the job.

Production time lost in future years due to off-the-job injuries in 2018 will total an estimated 720,000,000 days, more than 13 times the 55,000,000 days lost in future years from on-the-job injuries in 2018.

Off-the-job injuries to workers cost society at least $424.6 billion in 2018, compared with $170.8 billion for on-the-job injuries.

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Source: National Safety Council estimates.