Statistics reveal leading types of injuries resulting in job restrictions in 6 industries

Sprains, strains, and tears top the list

Posted January 7, 2019

The Economics Daily (TED), a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website that offers a fresh look at agency data, recently focused on workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in job transfer, job restrictions, or days away from work in 2017 for six selected industries. According to TED, sprains, strains, and tears; cuts and lacerations; fractures; and bruises/contusions were among the leading types of injuries that resulted in days away from work, job restrictions, or job transfers in the chosen industries.

The six industries included:

  • Crop production,
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing,
  • Food and beverage stores,
  • Truck transportation,
  • Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries, and
  • Food services and drinking places.

Sprains, strains, and tears were the most frequently occurring injuries resulting in lost worktime, transfer, or restriction in five of the industries. More of these cases resulted in days of job transfer or restriction than days away from work in crop production; transportation equipment manufacturing; and amusement, gambling, and recreation. In truck transportation, more of these injuries resulted in days away from work than job transfer or restriction.

Cuts and lacerations resulted in more cases of job transfer or restriction than days away from work in crop production and transportation equipment manufacturing. In all six industries studied, workers who sustained fractures more often had days away from work than job transfer or restriction.

TED analyzed data from the BLS’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), which details worker characteristics and the circumstances for injuries and illnesses that result in days of job transfer or restriction.


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