The total number of fatal work injuries in 2015, the latest available data, came in at 4,856. On the other hand, total traffic fatalities that year came in at 35,092. Both those numbers are quite sobering. The good news is that workplace injuries are declining.
What is Injury Incident Rate?
When digging into these numbers the key criteria for comparing numbers year-over-year and between industries is the injury rate. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of injuries per year by 200,000 and dividing that by the total number of employee labor hours worked.
Total Injury Incident Rate
The total number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses for 2015 was 2.9 million. That works out to a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.
Injury Incident Rate by Industry
Here are the incident rates by industry for 2015.
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting: 5.7
- Mining, quarrying, and oil/gas extraction: 1.4
- Construction: 3.5
- Manufacturing: 3.8
- Trades, transportation, and utilities: 3.6
- Information: 1.3
- Financial activities:1.1
- Professional and business services: 1.4
- Education and health services: 4.0
- Leisure and hospitality: 3.5
- State and local government: 5.1
Compare Your Numbers to Your Industry
Safety Management Group provides a handy incident rate calculator. Enter your industry, total number of injuries and illnesses, the number of hours worked by all employees, and it will provide your OSHA Incident Rate.
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Anthony has been with MCR Safety for over a decade, with positions ranging from sales, purchasing, new product development, training, and marketing.
QSSP Certified / 30 hr OSHA Certified.