July 13, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Number and incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by occupation, 2009

Number, incidence rate, and median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, selected occupations, private industry, state and local government, 2009
Occupation Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses Incidence rate per 10,000 full-time workers Median days away from work


1,238,490 117.2 8

  Construction laborers

26,690 382.1 13

  Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping

48,180 316.2 7

  Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers,

64,910 406.7 9

  Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

50,620 455.6 5

  Police and sheriff's patrol officers

35,590 603.2 11

  Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

47,790 327.6 15

  Truck drivers, light or delivery services

32,210 410.1 14

These data are featured in the TED article, Number and incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by occupation, 2009.




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