Every day, workers in various fields are seriously hurt while performing their job duties. Physical pain, medical costs and emotional trauma are some of the hardships that workplace accident victims have to endure. Sometimes, these injuries leave people unable to work, either for a short period of time or indefinitely.
It is important to review statistics on workplace injuries in order to develop a better understanding of hazardous occupations and the consequences of these accidents.
Missing work and dangerous occupations
On their site, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published statistics that shed light on job-related injuries causing people to miss work. During 2018, those who manually move stock, freight and other materials missed more days of work due to on-the-job accidents in comparison to workers in other fields. However, a lot of workers employed in many other fields also take time off work because of injuries, such as large truck drivers, cleaners and janitors and nursing assistants. Construction laborers, police officers, retail workers and stock clerks also face an especially high risk of missing work because of an on-the-job accident.
Returning to work after an injury
Sometimes, injured workers have the ability to return to work after taking several days off or a couple of months. However, there are many considerations for those who plan on returning to work. For example, those recovering from a recent accident need to ensure that they do not reinjure themselves and make sure that they are ready to return to their job. Fortunately, resources such as workers’ compensation help those who have to miss work because of a job-related accident.