Nursing assistants, laborers, heavy machinery operators, and truck drivers are among those workers who suffer the most workplace injuries, according to the government’s labor bureau. Overexertion is often to blame, and muscular/skeletal disorders account for nearly 33 percent of the cases.
Freight, stock and material movers, along with nursing assistants, incurred the highest number of cases.
Workers aged 45 to 54 had the highest number of days away from work due to injury.
Other workers who suffered higher than average workplace injuries and pain were janitors, registered nurses, maintenance workers, firefighters, retail workers and stock clerks. Many of the cases are likely tied to overly exerting while stretching or carrying items in the workplace, or side effects of laborious tasks.
Even those who work at a desk most of the time are at risk for injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries.