Occupational injuries and illnesses decrease in 2012

The rate of occupational injuries and illnesses that required hurt employees to stay home to get better instead of working decreased to 112 cases per 10,000 full-time laborers in 2012, down from 2011’s number of 117, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program showed.

According to the report, the highest incidence rate of injuries and illnesses in 2012 happened to workers in protective service occupations at 329 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.

Transportation-related occupations had the second-highest rate of injuries (278). Other groups that garnered more than twice the overall average of incidence rates consisted of workers in building, grounds cleaning, and maintenance (262) and those in healthcare support(242).

When you’ve been injured on the job, you may be unable to work and have costly medical bills. Workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help you through this difficult time. Talk with a lawyer from Scudder Seguin, PLLC, about pursuing these benefits by calling (919) 851-3311.