Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Your Potential Odds of a Workplace Injury or Illness

  • Human Resources
  • Article
  • 6 min. Read
  • Last Updated: 02/10/2017

Workplace injury and illness information by industry.
In 2015, roughly 3.7 million workers experienced injuries or illnesses at work. What are the odds of injury or illness in your industry? Find out with the interactive calculator!

Table of Contents

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.


We can help you tackle business challenges like these Contact us today

* This content is for educational purposes only, is not intended to provide specific legal advice, and should not be used as a substitute for the legal advice of a qualified attorney or other professional. The information may not reflect the most current legal developments, may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct, or up-to-date.

About Paychex

Paychex was founded over four decades ago to relieve the complexity of running a business and make our clients' lives easier, so they can focus on what matters most.

We provide: