OSH Statistics (Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities)

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OSH Statistics (Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities)



The Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing, OSH/CFOI section, administers two statistical programs through a grant/agreement with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The first program, known as the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), involves collecting data from a random sample of both public and private employers.  The section compiles data issued annually for the preceding calendar year.

Safety and health policy analysts and researchers use this information to help prevent work injuries by:

• Informing workers of life-threatening hazards associated with various jobs.

• Promoting safer work practices through enhanced job safety training.

• Assessing and improving workplace safety standards.

• Identifying new areas of safety research.

The data collected from this survey includes annual average employment, total hours worked, and injury and illness totals for the State of Arkansas.  Demographic and case characteristic data are provided for work injury cases that involve one or more day away from work, job transfer, or restriction.  For 2022, 2.5 work-related injuries and illnesses were reported for every 100 full-time workers in private industry in Arkansas, up from 2.4 in 2021. The national private sector incidence rate in 2022 was 2.7.  For the public sector in Arkansas, there were 3.1 work-related injuries and illnesses reported for every 100 fulltime workers in 2022, compared to 3.3 in 2021.

The second statistical program is known as the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). This program collects data to produce comprehensive, accurate, and timely counts of fatal work injuries in the State of Arkansas.  To compile counts that are as complete as possible, the census uses multiple sources to identify, verify, and profile fatal worker injuries.  Information about each fatal workplace injury – occupation and other worker characteristics, equipment involved, and circumstances of the event – is obtained by cross-referencing source records such as death certificates, workers’ compensation reports, and federal and state agency administrative reports. In 2021, 74 workers lost their lives in Arkansas, up from 64 in 2020.

Year # Fatalities Year # Fatalities Year # Fatalities
1992 82 2002 80 2012 63
1993 71 2003 87 2013 63
1994 85 2004 70 2014 67
1995 91 2005 80 2015 74
1996 88 2006 78 2016 68
1997 102 2007 89 2017 76
1998 86 2008 85 2018 76
1999 76 2009 75 2019 62
2000 106 2010 87 2020 64
2001 68 2011 93 2021 74

Please visit http://www.bls.gov/iif for more information on both programs.

State tables can be found on the BLS website here:

More detailed data can be extracted using the LABSTAT data found here:


For more information on SOII or CFOI statistics, contact Don Cash at 501-682-4542