The rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 112 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2012, down from 117 in 2011. The total number of cases with days away from work decreased 2 percent to 1,153,980 cases.
• 1. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers due to overexertion or injury from falling object, 63,690 days away for work during 2012, or an average of 10 days per incident
• 2. Nursing assistants due to overexertion and falls, slips and trips, 44,100 days away from work in 2012, or an average of six days per incident.
• 3. Truck drivers due to overexertion, falling objects and slips, 41,840 days away from work in 2012, or an a average of 18 days per incident.
• 4. Janitors due to overexertion and slips and falls, 38,610 days away from work in 2012, or an average of 11 days per incident.
• 5. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers due to violent incidents with other people or animals, 32,190 days lost to work in 2012, or an average of eight days per incident.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2012.
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...