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Which occupations cause the most time off due to injury or illness?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries and illness occur everywhere, and workers’ compensation laws may vary across states. In Rhode Island, the law requires every employer to pay benefits for any employee injured on the job, regardless of who caused it. However, sometimes, it is simply the nature of the job, and no one is at fault.

Physically demanding

The Claims Journal cited statistics from a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that merchandise displayers and window trimmers lose the most time from work due to injury or illness. While this might not be the first occupation you would pick, it does make sense. These employees typically need to carry and stand on ladders for at least part of the time while they work. In addition, they may have to lift heavy loads and repeatedly stretch at uncomfortable angles. These activities could result in falls and muscle strains that require medical treatment and rest.

Repetitive use of tools

One of the four most common employee workplace injuries in Rhode Island arises from repetitive contact with objects and equipment. This category may include a broad spectrum of workers, from typists who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome to employees who develop numbness or cysts after working with a vibrating hand tool.

Healthcare workers’ exposure

Healthcare employees rank high on days lost due to injury or illness. This unfortunate statistic became particularly obvious when healthcare practitioners worked in an environment that potentially exposed them to COVID-19 carriers. Many of them fell sick and remained home for days or weeks.

If you experience a work-related injury or illness, you should report it to your supervisor immediately. Seek medical care, and obtain the proper paperwork to file a workers’ compensation claim.