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Transportation and materials workers injury rates go unchanged

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report published on Dec. 6 captured how illness and injury rates among workers in the materials moving and transportation industries have gone relatively unchanged since last year. This industry remains the most dangerous one of all other types even though injury and illness rates have remained status quo over the past year.

BLS data shows that some 184,470 workers in the materials moving or transportation industry became ill or injured on the job in 2018. At least 193.7 per 10,000 workers who were employed full-time were so badly hurt while working in 2018 that they needed to be off work for a day or more. The median time off for all the full-time employees who missed work that year was 13 days.

The highest number of injuries within this industry happened among those workers employed in the installation and production sectors. At least 79,000 of the ill or injured employees worked in the former, whereas 98,000 worked in the latter.

Workers employed in the maintenance and grounds cleaning sectors had the third-highest rate of workplace illnesess and injuries in 2018 at 166 per 10,000 full-time workers. Individuals employed in the repair, installation or maintenance sectors ranked fourth in terms of those most likely to be injured or fall ill on the job. At least 148 per 10,000 full-time employees missed a day or more from work while employed in the latter sector in 2018.

The number of non-fatal worker illnesses or injuries that caused private sector workers to miss a day or more from work in 2018 was 900,380. The BLS claims that this is nearly the same number of employees who suffered the same fate in 2017. The median number of days that these workers missed from the job was eight days.

If there’s one thing that you should know, it’s that not all jobs carry the same risks. Certain dangers are associated with specific employment roles that make workers particularly susceptible to getting hurt or falling ill. If you work in one of these sectors here in Dauphin and you’ve suffered an illness or injury, a workplace injuries attorney can advise you how Pennsylvania law protects you in such instances.

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