LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Private industry employers in Arkansas reported 25,100 non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2020, up from 19,100 in 2019, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics obtained these numbers through the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

There were 13,030 non-fatal injuries and illnesses that caused a private industry worker to miss at least one day of work in 2020, compared to 4,490 cases in 2019.

Of these cases, 8,520 (65.4 percent) were categorized as other diseases due to viruses not elsewhere classified, which includes reported COVID-19 pandemic-related illnesses.

In a separate report, the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing revealed that there were 64 work-related fatalities in 2020, up two from 2019.

They released the following statistics related to those deaths:

  • There were 41 deaths in 2020 involving private sector wage and salary workers, down from 43 in 2019.
  • Self-employed worker fatalities accounted for 13, no change from 2019.
  • Fatal injuries among government workers increased from 6 in 2019 to 10 in 2020.
  • White (non-Hispanic) workers accounted for 44 of the fatalities, 68.8%.
  • Black or African-American (non-Hispanic) workers accounted for 13 of the fatalities, 20.3%.
  • Hispanic or Latino workers accounted for 7 of the fatalities, 10.9%.

36 of the 64 work-related fatal injuries in 2020 were the result of transportation incidents (56.3%). Among those:

  • Work-related transportation fatality incidents increased from 31 in 2019, and led all fatality events for the 27th year in a row.
  • This includes 26 work-related deaths from roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles in 2020, up from 23 in 2019. 13 of these workers died from roadway collisions with other vehicles; 6 workers died from roadway collisions with objects other than vehicles (struck object or animal on the side of the roadway); and 7 died from roadway non-collision incidents, such as being jack-knifed or overturned.
  • There were 4 private sector work-related pedestrian vehicular incidents (3 of these were pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in a work zone); and 2 private sector aircraft incidents (both were in-flight crashes).

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