Sprains, strains by far the most common injuries resulting in time away from work

May 04, 2000

More than 4 out of 10 injuries and illnesses resulting in time away from work in 1998 were sprains and strains, most involving the back.

Lost-worktime injuries and illnesses resulting in time away from work, by selected nature of injury and illness, 1998 (in thousands)
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Bruises and contusions, cuts and lacerations, and fractures followed well behind sprains and strains as leading causes of time away from work.

Except for one category, all of the types of cases shown in the chart experienced a decline between 1997 and 1998. Cuts and lacerations was the only injury category that increased from 1997 to 1998, rising by 3 percent.

These data are a product of the BLS Safety and Health Statistics program. Additional information is available from news release USDL 00-115, "Lost-worktime Injuries and Illnesses: Characteristics and Resulting Time Away From Work, 1998."


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Sprains, strains by far the most common injuries resulting in time away from work on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/may/wk1/art04.htm (visited September 30, 2016).


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