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U.S. nonfatal work injuries and illnesses reach 1.1 million

A recent Injury, Illnesses, and Fatalities report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of last month shows that the number of nonfatal occupational illnesses and injuries reported in 2017 was 1.1 million. This number equates to 98 per 10,000 employees.

This marked a decline of 2.4 workers per 100,000 over the previous year. The number of days these individuals missed from work in 2016 and 2017 remained constant at nine.

The workers with the highest number of days missed from work in 2017 were material-moving or transportation workers. They had a reported 195,800 reported injury or illness cases. The number of individuals who were injured per 10,000 dropped from 244 to 235.3 in between 2016 and 2017.

Those individuals working in protective service careers missed the most days of any workers in 2017 with a rate of 298.4 per 10,000.

Individuals working in maintenance, installation and repair services all had 194.6 workers injured per 10,000 in 2017. Those injured in engineering or architecture had 16 injuries. Individuals working in the financial or business sectors were hurt or became ill at a rate of 12.9 per 10,000.

Of the aforementioned groups, 75,000 workers missed an average of 13 days of work recuperating from their illnesses or injuries.

Those employed in entertainment, media, sports, design or arts fields missed on average 17 days from work. There were a reported 6,810 cases in which this occurred. At least one-half of these cases involved people employed in the sports field.

When they’re hurt or become sick on the job, many workers count on their employer’s workers’ compensation coverage to help them afford their medical expenses and help them make up for their lost pay. How much they’re able to receive greatly depends on your doctor’s assessment of their condition. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate filing for benefits for injuries you suffered while employed in Dauphin.

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