BLS in the Press


Jan. 19th, 2018: Rate of Fatal Worker Injuries Remains Consistent in Wisconsin in 2016


From the WI BLS office: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 105 Wisconsin workers who died

due to injury in 2016. This number reflects a slight increase from 104 fatalities in 2015. Wisconsin’s overall fatality rate remained consistent from 2015 to 2016 with 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. The number of workplace deaths in Wisconsin the past decade (2007-2016) range from 77 in 2008 to 114 in 2012, and average 97 fatalities annually.” Continue reading…



Jan. 18th, 2018: BLS Midwest Region Office Releases SOII Publication


“Over 72,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among Wisconsin’s private industry employers in 2016, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Wisconsin was among 21 states that had an incidence rate of total recordable cases (TRC) significantly higher than the national rate of 2.9.” Continue reading…


Dec. 19th, 2016: Wisconsin Worker Fatalities Increase in 2015

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were 104 Wisconsin workers who died due to injury in 2015. This number reflects an increase from 99 fatalities in 2014. Wisconsin’s overall fatality rate also increased from 3.5 to 3.6 deaths per 100,000.” Click here for more information, or contact Rebecca Adams, Program Manager, at (608) 221-6293 or



Nov. 14th, 2016: Survey of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Case and Demographic Data Released for 2015



All Wisconsin occupational injuries and illnesses data has now been released for cases requiring time off from work  to recuperate. Click here for industry-specific infographics or data in excel format.


Nov. 2nd, 2016: Survey of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Press Release – “Wisconsin Rates Decline in 2015”


“According to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational injuries and Illnesses (SOII), there were 78,800 total injuries and illnesses reported by Wisconsin employers in 2015, which occurred at a rate of 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. This is a decline from 4.0 in 2013 and 2014. Nationwide, the total injury and illness case rate declined from 3.4 to 3.3 per 100 full-time workers.”  Continue reading…


2015 SOII Press Release (Industry Rates)

2015 SOII Data Tables

2015 SOII Chart 1: U.S. Private Industry Rates vs. WI Public and Private Sectors

2015 SOII Chart 2: WI Rates by Industry, 2014 vs. 2015

2015 SOII Chart 3: WI Industries with Highest Injury Rates