“Off-the-job” injuries are any unintentional injury that occurs to employed people while they are not working. For example, a restaurant cook is driving to work and slides off an icy road and into a tree, suffering a sprained wrist. A truck driver cuts his hand badly while fixing dinner at home.
If injuries of similar severity had occurred while in the restaurant or driving a truck, for example, they would have been on-the-job injuries. This is of concern to employers because NSC statistics show that for each on-the-job death due to unintentional injuries there are more than 15 off-the-job deaths due to unintentional injuries. And for each on-the-job injury involving lost time there are more than three off-the-job injuries. Four times as many days are lost from work due to off-the-job injuries than on-the-job injuries.
Employers are impacted by disruptions to production and work schedules whether the injury occurred at work or away from work. See page 63 in
Injury Facts 2017 for more statistics on off-the-job injuries and comparisons to on-the job injuries.