There were 1.2 million cases of occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in private industry in 2006, which represented a decrease from 2005 of 51,180 cases (or 4 percent). This is according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, by age, 2006
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Workers who were 20 to 44 years old accounted for 60 percent of injured and ill workers. Within that age range, workers age 20 to 24 had a rate of 143 per 10,000 workers, higher than the rate of 128 for all workers.

This data is from the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Additional information is available from "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work, 2006," news release USDL 07-1741.