Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2010.

If you work in health care, your risks are high for an occupational injury:

The incidence rate for healthcare support workers increased 6 percent to 283 days-away-from-work cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The incidence rate for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases with days away from work increased 4 percent to 34 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.

The three industries with the highest numbers of cases in 2010 were health care and social assistance (176,380), retail trade (131,380), and manufacturing (127,140). Occupational injury and illness incidents in health care and social assistance accounted for nearly one out of five incidents in private industry. Sprains, strains, or tears were the most common nature of injury or illness resulting in an incidence rate of 68 per 10,000 full-time workers in this industry.

You can read the full BLS report here.


  1. The most that I have come across is in the manual labor department such as construction work.

  2. They have to come up with a policy regarding this. It's about providing proper health coverage.

  3. Great post, I would like to read your post, because the information in your post is very useful.


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