What's the most common workplace injury or illness?

RP news wires, Noria Corporation
Tags: workplace safety

Sprains and strains was the leading nature of injury and illness in every major industry sector in 2005. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, they accounted for 41 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work.

Nature of injury or illness of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, 2005
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The second most common nature of injury and illness in 2005 was the category bruises and contusions, followed by cuts and lacerations.

There was a decrease of 4 percent in sprains and strains from 2004, led by the manufacturing sector, which experienced an 8-percent decline. Sprains and strains declined by 7 percent in goods-producing industries and by 3 percent in service-providing industries.

This data is from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program and are for private industry. To learn more about workplace injuries and illnesses, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2005," news release USDL 06-1982.


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