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Trucking 1 of 5 trades accounting for nearly 20% of 2011 missed workdays

Heavy and tractor-trailer drivers accounted for 44,120 days-away-from-work cases with 20 median days away from work.

The Trucker News Services

11/8/2012

Trucking is one of five occupations which accounted for nearly 20 percent of all days-away-from-work cases in 2011, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics Nov. 8.

Other occupations along with trucking which accounted for the close to 20 percent of days missed from work included laborers; nursing aides and orderlies and attendants; janitors and cleaners; and police officers and sheriff’s patrol officers.

Heavy and tractor-trailer drivers accounted for 44,120 days-away-from-work cases with 20 median days away from work. Of these cases, over exertion and bodily reaction accounted for 38 percent of the total while falls, trips and slips accounted for 29 percent.

The report, released Nov. 8, stated that the 45 to 54 age group accounted for 26 percent of the total cases.

Musculoskeletal disorder cases (387,820) accounted for 33 percent of all injury and illness cases in 2011, and trucking was among six occupations that accounted for 26 percent of all musculoskeletal disorders in 2011. The others were nursing assistants; laborers; janitors and cleaners; registered nurses; and stock clerks.

And, not surprisingly, trucking also was among the seven occupations which had an incidence rate greater than 300 cases per 10,000 full-time workers and who had greater than 20,000 days-away-from-work cases. Light truck and delivery service drivers and heavy and tractor-trailer drivers were listed as two different categories.

In private industry, laborers accounted for the highest proportion of injuries and illnesses, 6 percent of 908,310 cases.

The mining industry had the highest overall median number of days spent away from work per case with 28 days. This was followed by transportation and warehousing (17 median days); construction (14 median days); utilities (13 median days); and information (13 median days).

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