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August 22, 2012
NIOSH: Workers with paid sick leave have fewer injuries

A National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study found that workers with access to paid sick leave were almost 30 percent less likely to suffer nonfatal occupational injures than those without access to paid sick leave.

The research was published by the American Journal of Public Health. The results suggest that paid sick leave makes a greater difference in occupations and sectors with a high risk of injury. Examples are construction, manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and social assistance.

Paid sick leave can also reduce other costs, such as those associated with the spread of contagious diseases to coworkers. Despite the potential benefits, NIOSH found that 43 percent of American private sector workers report they do not have access to this benefit.

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