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Workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in job transfer or restriction in 2015

May 05, 2017

Being struck by an object, falling on the same level, and overexertion in lifting were among the leading types of events or exposure that resulted in days of job transfer or restriction or days away from work in six selected industries in 2015. Among the six industries, hospitals had the most cases that resulted in days of job transfer or restriction, 38,580. Of that total, 15 percent resulted from falls on the same level, 13 percent resulted from overexertion in lifting, and 8 percent resulted from being struck by an object.

 

 

Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days of job transfer or restriction in selected industries, 2015
Industry Struck by object Fall on same level Overexertion in lifting All other

Hospitals

3,010 5,840 5,160 24,570

General merchandise stores

7,620 5,020 6,850 15,500

Accommodation

3,220 3,490 2,240 10,270

Couriers and messengers

1,530 920 2,020 5,970

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

700 450 960 2,690

Waste management and remediation services

690 500 670 2,820

In general merchandise stores, there were more injuries or illnesses that resulted in days of job transfer or restriction cases (34,990) than cases resulting in days away from work (25,600). Being struck by an object was the event leading to 7,620 injuries or illnesses that resulted in days of job transfer or restriction in general merchandise stores. That compares with 4,820 cases of being struck by an object that resulted in days away from work.

 

 

Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in selected industries, 2015
Industry Struck by object Fall on same level Overexertion in lifting All other

Hospitals

10,720 4,070 5,690 32,770

General merchandise stores

4,820 5,390 3,890 11,500

Accommodation

4,990 3,230 2,330 11,960

Couriers and messengers

1,570 1,290 1,980 8,240

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

330 400 430 1,640

Waste management and remediation services

850 1,350 960 4,440

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Since 2011, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses has conducted a study on the details of case circumstances and worker characteristics for injuries and illnesses resulting in days of job transfer or restriction. In 2014, six new private sector industries were selected for the study. For details about cases involving days away from work, see “Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2015” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in job transfer or restriction in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-resulting-in-job-transfer-or-restriction-in-2015.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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