Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers - Highest in Injury/Illness Rates

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers - Highest in Injury/Illness Rates

Newly published information reveals police and sheriff’s patrol officers had the highest rate of injury and illness that resulted in a leave of absence among these occupations during 2018:

  • Eleven occupations had 20,000 or more days-away-from-work cases across all occupations. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers accounted for approximately 6 percent of total cases.Image_All_Social-3

Occupation code[1] Occupation title Incidence rate per 10,000 full-time workers Number of days away from work cases[2]
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 264.1 68,470
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 262.1 49,700
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 200.9 35,620
31-1014 Nursing Assistants 272.4 33,430
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 214.7 29,370
41-2031 Retail Salespersons 74.3 26,760
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 151.1 25,570
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 371.4 25,410
29-1141 Registered Nurses 93.6 24,080
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 233 22,480
47-2061 Construction Laborers 222.4 21,710


Report data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.  As an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor it provides statistical guidance to the department and its agencies and works in partnership with those agencies to support their data needs.


Industry-level estimates

  • Incidence rates and numbers of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses are presented by industry and case types, including total recordable cases (TRC); days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) cases; days away from work (DAFW) cases; and other recordable cases (ORC).
  • Industry-level estimates for nonfatal injuries and illnesses combined and for injuries only are presented per 100 full-time workers for incidence rates and rounded to thousands for numbers of cases. Industry-level estimates of illness cases are presented per 10,000 full-time workers.

Case circumstances and worker characteristics

  • Estimates of case circumstance and worker characteristics are presented for the subset of cases that resulted in days away from work (DAFW).
  • Case circumstances include: event or exposure, source, nature of injury or illness, part of body, day of week and time of incident
  • Worker characteristics include: occupation, gender, age, and race
  • DAFW incidence rates are calculated per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers and case counts are rounded to the nearest ten.


  • More information on the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) can be found inthe BLS Handbook of Methods at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/soii/home.htm.
  • Data users are cautioned to take into account the different levels of precision when analyzing estimates presented in these charts.
  • [1]Standard Occupational Classification Manual, 2010, Office of Management and Budget.

    [2]Days-away-from-work cases include those that resulted in days away from work, some of which also included job transfer or restriction.

    Note: Because of rounding and data exclusion of non-classifiable responses, data may not sum to the totals.

Jan 30th 2020 Society for Trauma Education and Empowered Recovery