Worker Off-the-Job Safety

More than nine out of ten deaths and 80% of the medically consulted injuries suffered by workers in 2017 occurred off the job. While nearly 18 times the number of deaths occur off the job than on the job (17.9 to 1), five times as many medically consulted injuries occur off the job (5.36 to 1).

Production time lost due to off-the-job injuries totaled about 380,000,000 days in 2017, 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 2017 will total an estimated 780,000,000 days, more than 14 times the 55,000,000 days lost in future years from on-the-job injuries in 2017.

Off-the-job injuries to workers cost society at least $441.7 billion in 2017, compared with $161.5 billion for on-the-job injuries.

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Source: National Safety Council estimates. Procedures for allocating time spent on and off the job were revised for the 1990 edition. Rate basis changed to 200,000 hours for the 1998 edition. Death and injury rates are not comparable to rate estimates prior to the 1998 edition.