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Injury and illness rates in the transportation and material moving industries held steady in 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, but the sector continued to hold the top spot for number of injuries and illnesses and incident rate.
In 2018, BLS reported 900,380 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector in which the injured or ill worker took a least one day away from work to recuperate, which was essentially the same as in 2017, according to the agency. The incidence rate remained unchanged in 2018 at 89.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, and median days away from work to recuperate was eight days, the same as reported in 2017.
Workers in transportation and material moving occupations experienced 184,470 injuries and illnesses in 2018 that resulted in multiple days away from work, and the incidence rate for transportation and material moving workers needing more than one day off from work to recover was 193.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. These workers took a median of 13 days away from work to recuperate from their injuries and illnesses.
Production and installation, maintenance and repair reported the next two highest numbers of injuries and illnesses in 2018, with 98,000 and 79,000 cases reported, respectively. By incident rate, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance workers had the next highest incidence rate at 166.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, followed by installation, maintenance and repair at 148.1 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
Employment duration before the first lost-time workplace injury may help predict future lost-time injuries, according to a study published in October’s issue of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.