Work injuries and statistics
Okay I know work injuries and statistics can be boring and plus this study is from the government so what can you expect! This is our tax money at work so get your money's worth!
BUT, seriously you may find it interesting to browse through the information below and see if your job and type of injury or illness you have fits with what they are finding.
Keep in mind that this is just for conditions that have been deemed to be
This study does not take into account the millions of non-workrelated or personal cases of carpal tunnel syndrome or Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
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NONFATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
REQUIRING DAYS AWAY FROM WORK, 2006
Both the rate and the number of occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days
away from work decreased from 2005 to 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, U.S. Department Labor. The 2006 rate was 128 per 10,000 workers, a decrease
of 6 percent from 2005. There were 1.2 million cases requiring days away from work in
private industry, which represented a decrease of 51,180 cases (or 4 percent).
days away from work—a key measure of the severity of the injury or illness—was 7 days
in 2006, the same as the prior two years.
Key findings for 2006 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away
- Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants, had 49,480 days away from work cases
and a rate of 526 per 10,000 workers, which was more than four times the total for
- Three other occupations with more than 40,000 cases had rates above 400 per
10,000 workers: construction laborers (488); laborers and freight, stock, and
material movers (466); and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (411).
- Men had a days-away-from-work rate of 143 per 10,000 workers; the rate for
women was 106 per 10,000 workers.
- Four out of ten days away from work cases were sprains or strains.
Approximately one in five of these were suffered by laborers and freight, stock,
and material movers; heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; and nursing aides,
orderlies, and attendants.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 30 percent of the injuries and
illnesses with days away from work, the same percentage as in 2005.
• Sprains and strains was the leading nature of injury and illness in every major
industry sector (see table 5). These injuries decreased by 6 percent for total private
industry in 2006 and for both goods-producing and service-providing industries.
Trade, transportation, and utilities reported 157,380 sprains and strains, 33 percent of
• The overall number of cases of carpal tunnel syndrome decreased by 21 percent.
Workers on the job 5 years or more had a decrease of 27 percent for these kinds of
• The part of the body most affected by work incidents was the trunk (including the
shoulder and back) accounting for 34 percent of all cases. Cases involving the trunk
decreased by 6 percent from 2005. Injuries and illnesses to the back made up
62 percent of the days-away-from-work cases involving the trunk.
• Floors, walkways, and ground surfaces were the source of injury or illness for
18 percent of all days-away-from-work cases. Worker motion or position accounted
for 14 percent.
• Assaults and violent acts (by person) increased by 10 percent, with those to women
increasing 21 percent to 10,400 cases. Sixty percent of the assaults and violent acts
(by person) occurred in health care and social assistance and mainly involved assaults
by health care patients.
• Injuries and illnesses due to repetitive motion decreased by 13 percent.
• Falls from a ladder decreased by 17 percent.
Incidence rate and median days away from work due to injuries
and illnesses by nature.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Washington, D.C. 20212
Technical Information: (202) 691-6170 USDL 07-1741
Media information: (202) 691-5902 For release: 10:00 A.M. EST
Internet address: http://www.bls.gov/iif/home.htm Thursday, November 8, 2007
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