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Statistics on workplace injuries in the private sector

Whether you work in a construction field, a factory, an office, a hospital or a restaurant, it is vital to pay attention to the different hazards you face each day and understand the potential repercussions associated with an accident. Every year, many workers face devastating challenges due to job-related injuries and these injuries prevent some victims from returning to the workforce for the rest of their lives.

In the wake of a workplace accident, take a look at the options available to you during your recovery. Aside from therapy and finding support from loved ones, some injured workers benefit from workers’ compensation.

How many private-sector workers suffer injuries?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during 2019, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, according to reports from employers in the private sector. Moreover, more than 888,000 workplace injuries and illnesses caused people to miss work in 2019. For every 100 full-time equivalent workers in the private sector, 2019 saw 2.8 cases of nonfatal job-related injuries and illnesses.

What are some common workplace injuries?

Based on data from the BLS, a majority of injured workers who had to miss work in the private sector suffered sprains, tears and strains during 2019. Bruises, lacerations, fractures and pain also prompted many people to take time away from their job. Laborers, large truck drivers, nursing assistants, stockers, retail salespeople and repair workers were especially likely to suffer nonfatal injuries and job-related illnesses. If you recently sustained an injury on the job, try to remain positive and focus on moving forward physically, emotionally and financially.

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