Regardless of one’s line of work, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of job-related risks. Unfortunately, many workers continue to suffer debilitating injuries while performing their job duties, and an injury can disrupt life in many ways. From losing a job to struggling with medical bills and high levels of pain, a work-related injury could create serious challenges.
Statistics reveal the prevalence and nature of job-related injuries. It is vital for employers and workers alike to review this data, prioritize safety measures and respond to an accident appropriately.
The prevalence of occupational injuries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over the course of 2021, more than 2.6 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses occurred in the private sector. Among these injuries, over 1 million caused people to take time off of work. During 2020, the median number of missed work days due to occupational injuries was 12.
Data on different types of occupational injuries
Based on BLS data, over 266,500 work-related injuries involved sprains, tears and strains in 2020. Also, more than 128,000 workers sustained back injuries during 2020 and over 211,600 became hurt due to slipping, falling or tripping. Sadly, over 5,100 workers lost their lives due to fatal occupational injuries in 2021.
In the wake of an accident at work, it is very important to look into resources that could assist with the physical, financial and career challenges that could arise. If eligible for workers’ compensation, these benefits could make moving forward easier after sustaining an occupational injury.