Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

OSH Overview

The Bureau of Labor Statistics annually reports on the number of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries. Such information is useful in identifying industries with high rates or large numbers of injuries, illnesses and fatal injuries both nationwide and separately for those States participating in this program.

Since 1972, the survey has reported annually on the number of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry and the frequency of those incidents. With the 1992 survey, BLS began collecting additional information on the more seriously injured or ill workers in the form of worker and case characteristics. At that time, BLS also initiated a separate Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries to count these tragic events more effectively than had been possible in the survey.

The BLS safety and health statistical system, therefore, presents three distinct types of data.

Additional information is also available about the history of the BLS safety and health statistical programs.

Last Modified Date: November 22, 2010

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