Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Retail trade was the only one of 19 private industries in which the rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses rose in 2018. The 2018 rate was 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, up from 3.3 in 2017. This was the first statistically significant increase in the rate for retail trade since comparable data for the industry began in 2003.
The number of injuries and illnesses in retail trade also increased in 2018, rising 4 percent. Of the 409,900 injuries and illnesses in retail trade in 2018, 126,850 (31 percent) involved the worker missing at least one day away from work.
Among the cases involving days away from work in retail trade, more than a third (42,790) were from overexertion and bodily reaction. Another 38,940 were from contact with objects and equipment, and 34,190 were from falls, slips, or trips.