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What Workers Are Injured the Most & When Are They Hurt?

Since 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles American workplace injuries into a report called Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF). The IIF program provides annual information on types and rates of workplace injuries that are separated into various categories based on characteristics—one of these characteristics being time.

The Most Dangerous Work Hours

Using time of day characteristics, the BLS reported that the most dangerous work hours in 2016 were 8 AM to 12 PM. When compared to 12 PM to 4 PM, the morning hours had 70,000 more injuries.

The BLS reported the following injury totals for morning vs. afternoon:

  • 8 AM – 12 PM: 320,560 Reported Injuries
  • 12 PM – 4 PM: 246,590 Reported Injuries

Additionally, the BLS found that most injuries occurred within two to four hours of clocking in, with 226,530 injuries reported within that window. The next closest timeframe, 0.01 to 2 hours on the clock, only reported 17,000 injuries. 

While this data might seem insignificant, it's one more example of how companies fail to protect workers. While it's known that workers are more likely to get injured in the earlier hours of the day, companies don't always do their part to mitigate accidents during them.

What Occupations Have the Most Injuries?

According to the 2019 IIF, ten occupations account for 33.2 percent of all worker injuries that were severe enough to cause a person to need time away from work.

These occupations are the following:

  • Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Nursing assistants
  • Stockers and order fillers
  • Retail salespersons
  • Light truck drivers
  • Maintenance and repair workers, general
  • Registered nurses
  • Construction laborers
  • Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

On average, people in these occupations needed to spend 8 days away from work after an injury. However, drivers of heavy and tractor-trailer trucks have a much higher number of days off from injury. Truck drivers require a median of 19 days away from work because of injury. While this number is high, it has decreased from 2018’s 23 days.

If You’ve Been Injured, Arnold & Itkin Can Help

Regardless of the time of day when an injury occurs, Arnold & Itkin can help you on the road to financial recovery. Throughout the years, we have helped hundreds of injured workers receive the compensation that they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more; in fact, we have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which we can help you, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Give us a call at 888.493.0401 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team so that we can discuss your case and determine your options.

If you have been injured while on the job, call for a free consultation now at (888) 493-1629.


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