Occupational Injuries & Illness & Fatal Injuries Profile Tutorial

This tutorial will help you obtain BLS work-related injury, illness, and fatality data. Click on the Databases & Tables tab.


Scroll down to the Workplace Injuries section. Click on the Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Fatal Injuries Profiles Multi Screen icon.


The opening screen of the profiles system provides a choice of table types. Case characteristics and worker demographics are available for nonfatal cases involving one or more days away from work. The data are presented as numbers of cases or as incidence rates. The number and incidence rate of injuries and illnesses by industry are also available for nonfatal cases. Case characteristics and worker demographics are available for fatalities. Select “Continue” to go on to the next required element of the profile.


The next element is the reference year of the survey data. Select the reference year for the survey data from the drop-down box. Click the “Continue” button.


The next two elements for a profile are the area and the year to year comparison selector. All four table types include selections for both national data and data for participating States. The fatality series also provides data for selected metropolitan areas. Use the “Beginning year” box to either present a single year profile or a profile that compares the selected year to a designated prior year. This feature is not available for every table type and the years of comparison vary based on the continuity of the industry coding over the comparison period. Click on the “Continue” button.


The next required element of the profile is the Characteristic Type. The drop-down box displays the full range of available characteristics. We will use Gender. The next screen will display the sub-characteristic. The drop-down list of the many sub-characteristics are often lengthy so the user must use this screen to choose if they prefer the sub-characteristic list to be sorted numerically by code, or alphabetically by title. We will use numeric. Click on the “Continue” button.


Use the sub-characteristic drop down box to select the sub-characteristic you desire. Select the ownership from the drop down box from those that are available for the table type and area previously selected.


Click the “Continue” button and then select the type of output, HTML or Excel, to produce the requested profile. We will use HTML.


Once you defined the table the system develops a profile that includes selected characteristics for your defined table and lists those characteristics in the stub of the table. There are various possible characteristics, such as gender, age, occupation, length of service, race or ethnic origin, number of days away from work, industry sector, nature of the injury or illness, part of body affected, source of the injury or illness, event or exposure, and day of the week the accident occurred.

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This concludes the tutorial. Thanks for visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website.