The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data showing which industries record the highest number of workplace accidents resulting in serious injuries. Employees working in-person at a job site face a much greater chance of an injury or illness than those who perform remote work, as reported by SFGATE.
Industries that need the most days off to recover include air transportation, messenger courier, fishing, and trapping. Injured couriers and messengers report more job transfers after an accident than employees in other industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of days away from work indicates an injury’s significance
The National Safety Council estimates employees lost 70,000,000 days from injuries in 2019. This includes time off to receive medical treatment and recovery. Some employees may need physical therapy before returning to work or they may receive a job transfer or reassignment.
Bicycle messengers, for example, face the risk of a serious workplace injury because of the possibility of a motor vehicle accident. After taking time off, their injuries may require them to transfer from delivering packages to mail-sorting or dispatching duties.
Some jobs carry greater risks of injuries and occupational illnesses
Employees performing work requiring tools or heavy machinery face higher chances of a work-related disability. Physical pain, strain or sprain may develop into serious conditions because of the repetitive pressure placed on muscles or joints.
A work-related illness from ingesting toxic fumes, such as while repairing aircraft or operating heavy equipment, may cause a respiratory illness. Affected employees may then require time off for medical treatment.
An accident or illness that results in taking time away from work to recover may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Injured employees may apply for benefits under California’s law if an injury results from performing their job duties.