Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Nonfatal Injury, Illness Rate Twice as High as Private Industry

Workers in motor vehicle manufacturing suffered 6.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2018. The rate for the industry remained over twice as high as the rate for all private industry each year from 2009 to 2018.

Illnesses accounted for about 5% of all nonfatal injury and illness cases among private industry workers. By comparison, about 22% (3,000) of the 13,900 cases among motor vehicle manufacturing workers in 2018 were illnesses. This resulted in a rate of illnesses among motor vehicle manufacturing workers of 135.2 per 10,000 full-time workers. That was more than 10 times the illness rate for all private industry (12.6).

About half of the injuries and illnesses in motor vehicle manufacturing that resulted in days away from work in 2018 were musculoskeletal disorders from overexertion and bodily reaction. Workers in motor vehicle manufacturing experienced more than three times the rate of these cases (95.1 cases per 10,000 full-time workers) than all private industries (27.1).