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Workplace injuries and illnesses resulting in job transfer or restriction in 2017

January 03, 2019

Workers who suffer severe injuries or illnesses on the job may take days away from work to recover, or they may return to work immediately in a different job or with restricted tasks. The type and severity of the injury affect whether a worker takes time away to recover, returns to work on light or restricted duty, or transfers to another job while they recover. In 2017, sprains, strains, and tears were the most frequently occurring injuries resulting in lost worktime, transfer, or restriction in five of six industries studied. More of these cases resulted in days of job transfer or restriction than days away from work in crop production; transportation equipment manufacturing; and amusement, gambling, and recreation. In truck transportation, however, more of these injuries resulted in days away from work than job transfer or restriction.

Percent of work injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work or job transfer or restriction, selected private industries, by nature of injury or illness, 2017
Industry Sprains, strains, and tears — days away from work Sprains, strains, and tears — job transfer or restriction Cuts and lacerations — days away from work Cuts and lacerations — job transfer or restriction Fractures — days away from work Fractures — job transfer or restriction Bruises, contusions — days away from work Bruises, contusions — job transfer or restriction

Crop production

40.1% 59.9% 38.7% 61.3% 86.2% 13.8% 37.6% 62.4%

Transportation equipment manufacturing

36.2 63.8 32.8 67.2 59.9 40.1 33.0 67.0

Food and beverage stores

48.6 51.4 48.0 52.0 78.3 21.7 54.8 45.2

Truck transportation

63.1 36.9 65.2 34.8 84.1 15.9 65.9 34.1

Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries

41.7 58.3 57.1 42.9 67.8 32.2 44.1 55.9

Food services and drinking places

68.4 31.6 68.0 32.0 87.0 13.0 63.8 36.2

Cuts and lacerations resulted in more cases of job transfer or restriction than days away from work in crop production and transportation equipment manufacturing. Fractures usually are severe injuries. In all six industries studied, workers who sustained fractures more often had days away from work than job transfer or restriction.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2017.” We also have more information about cases involving days of job transfer or restriction.

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 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-resulting-in-job-transfer-or-restriction-in-2017.htm (visited November 19, 2019).

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