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Worker’s Compensation Facts: Statistics of Work Injuries

Injuries on the job are not uncommon. In fact, with the increase of work hours in many industries, the complexities of job tasks, and the cutbacks by certain employers, there may be more injuries now than ever.

There are some interesting statistics about work-related injuries and deaths that all employees and employers should be aware of in order to change the numbers for the good. Here are some highlights of recently released statistics:

  • The United States recorded more than 4.1 million workplace injuries each year including those who developed occupational illnesses.
  • Statistically, the injury rate equals 4.4 cases for every 100 full-time employees.
  • Mid-sized companies have the most workplace injuries than companies of other sizes.
  • 2 million workers are hurt on the job seriously enough they must receiving on-going medical treatment and miss time from work.
  • 165 workers die from occupational illnesses every year in the United States
  • 18 workers die from on-the-job injuries
  • $155.5 billion is spent annually by society on work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
  • Construction jobs are among the most dangerous with 15.2 deaths for every 100,000 workers.
  • Construction fatalities most often stem from car accidents, falls, equipment accidents, electrocution, and being hit with falling objects.
  • Healthcare workers have recorded 6.5% of the workplace injuries and illnesses in the US.
  • In general, car collisions account for most of the workplace deaths, with 1,300 workers dying each year.
  • Texas was found to be the state with the most deaths. California came in second and Florida ranked third.


If you have been injured at work, contact our legal team for help with your worker's compensation claim by calling toll free at 855-614-4351 or using our online contact form.