Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses: Counts, Rates, and Characteristics, 2005

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the number and frequency of work-related injuries and illnesses in private industry each year. BLS also provides case and demographic characteristics data on cases that involve one or more days away from work. The data, which come from the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, identify the industrial, occupational, and worker groups having relatively high risks of job-related injury and illness. Such data provide the means to focus attention on the severity of the incidents and how they occurred.

This bulletin has two sections. The first section includes 37 charts and accompanying text highlighting summary and case and demographic data gathered from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

A second section, originally provided in the printed bulletin on a CD, contains tables presenting detailed data by industry and case characteristics as well as appendices that present the scope and methodology of the survey.