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Your Potential Odds of a Workplace Injury or Illness

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In 2015, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3.7 million private and public sector workers experienced injuries or illnesses in the workplace. These incidents resulted in a total of over 1.1 million days off of work while the affected workers recuperated.

Based on the BLS reports, we created an interactive calculator that allows you to input your industry to learn three facts: your possible likelihood of experiencing an injury or illness at work, the average time needed to recover, and the most common reason for workplace incidents within your industry.

Our hope is that by learning more about the specific risks associated with your industry, you can more effectively take steps to increase your safety at work.



We used the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics report to determine the median days away from work for different occupations, percentage of workers affected, and the most common reasons for injury or illness.



This calculator is designed to be an informational and educational tool only, and does not constitute workplace safety advice. We strongly recommend you seek the advice of legal and safety professionals that are specific to your place of work. The results presented by this calculator are an approximation and may not reflect the actual cause of injury, number of days away from work, or percentage of workers affected. Paychex is not responsible for the consequences of any decisions or actions taken in reliance upon or as a result of the information provided by this calculator. Paychex is not responsible for any human or mechanical errors or omissions.


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