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

Falls on the same level, overexertion, being struck by an object top the list

Posted May 9, 2017

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 2015 for six selected industries. According to TED, being struck by an object, falling on the same level, and overexertion in lifting were among the leading types of events or exposures that resulted in days away from work, job restrictions, or job transfers in the chosen industries.

The six industries included:

  • Hospitals,
  • General merchandise stores,
  • Accommodation,
  • Couriers and messengers,
  • Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing, and
  • Waste management and remediation services.

Of the six industries, hospitals had the highest number of days of job transfer or restriction at 38,580 cases. Of that total, 15 percent resulted from falls on the same levels, 13 percent resulted from overexertion in lifting, and 8 percent resulted from being struck by an object.

In general merchandise stores, 25,600 cases resulted in days away from work, while 34,990 cases resulted in days of job transfer or restriction. Being struck by an object led to 7,620 injuries or illnesses resulting in days of job transfer or restriction and 4,820 cases of being struck by an object resulted in days away from work.

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. Details about cases involving days away from work were gathered from the BLS’ Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work, 2015, report.

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