Non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulted in an increase in working days among private industry workers in 2019, compared to the previous year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.
In 2019, the private sector reported 888,220 non-fatal jobs. injuries and illnesses that lead to days away from work. Last year, the BLS did not report this figure.
According to the Bureau, 10 occupations accounted for almost a third of the total private industry cases involving days without work, and the incidence increased in all ten industries increased in 2019 compared to 2018.
BLS found that workers and goods, equipment and material transporters had the most cases, which led to days away from work with 64,1
Heavy truck drivers and tractor trailers had a median number of working days of 19 days, down from 23 days 2018. Light truck drivers had a median of 20 days, an increase of four days from 2018. The median number of days away from work for all private workers was eight days in 2019, the same as 2018.
However, health care assistants reported the highest number of non-fatal injuries that required days without work per 10,000 full-time workers, with 283.5 injuries per 1,0000 workers in 2019 compared with 255.7 2018.