The overall rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate remained steady in 2010. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported significant rate increases for healthcare support workers, and food preparation and serving-related workers.
The overall median number of days spent away from work to recuperate was eight days for the third straight year. Researchers regard this statistic as a key measure of the severity of injuries and illnesses.
The rate of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants increased 10 percent to 249 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. That is more than double the rate for all occupations (118 cases per 10,000 workers).
Occupational injury and illness incidents in healthcare and social assistance accounted for nearly 20 percent of the incidents in private industry. The transportation and warehousing incidence rate of 232 remained steady and continued to be the highest incidence rate of all industry sectors.
The incidence rate for all occupations in the public sector was approximately two-thirds higher than in the private sector. Janitors and cleaners had a public-sector incidence rate nearly three times that of their counterparts in the private sector. Public sector landscaping and grounds keeping workers had a rate more than twice that of those in the private sector.