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Sick-day epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Truck drivers have had the largest number of injuries and illnesses requiring time off work of any occupation tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics since 1993.In 1999, a to...


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Truck drivers have had the largest number of injuries and illnesses requiring time off work of any occupation tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics since 1993.

In 1999, a total of 1.7 million injuries and illnesses that required time away from work beyond the day of the incident were reported in private industry workplaces. Of these, 141,100 involved truckers.

The next highest groups, non-construction laborers and nursing aides, were 89,100 and 75,700 incidents respectively.

More than four out of 10 injuries and illnesses resulting in time away from work in 1999 were sprains or strains, most often involving the back. n


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