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November 20, 2012
Rate of time-off injuries is unchanged in latest stats

The rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work was 117 per 10,000 workers in 2011, statistically unchanged from 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the total number of days-away cases in private industry, state government, and local government was about 1.2 million. The median number of days away was 8, the same as the previous year.

The BLS found that injuries and illnesses in five occupations accounted for about 20 percent of the days-away cases. They are laborers, nursing aides/orderlies/attendants, janitors and cleaners, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and police officers/sheriff’s patrol officers.

In the private sector, injuries and illnesses among workers with 1 to 5 years of service accounted for about a third of the cases.

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