Here are some interesting statistics on work related back injury I have come across while doing my research on back injury :
  • According to the US Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 there were 222,290 work related incidents involving back injury in the US. Perhaps due largely to effective employee  training and awareness programs on back safety, this number is 37 percent lower than back injury incidents in 2003. This equates to more than 81 thousand backs saved from crippling back injuries. Now that's effective training!
  • According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in 2004, back injury incidents accounted for 24 percent of occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work.
  • On average, about 80 percent of adults will suffer a back injury at least once in their lifetime. Guess what? I just became part of this statistic. Later on, as if one back injury isn't painful enough, 10 percent of these adults are likely to suffer another injury to their backs.
  • Workers in the healthcare industry are 4.5 times more likely to suffer a back injury than workers in other trades or professions. This is attributed mainly to the frequency they are required to manually handle or move patients. In fact, according to national statistics, 6 of the top 10 professions at great risk for back injury are in the healthcare industry: nurse's aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, health aides, radiology technicians, and physical therapists.
  • According to the 2009 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index (WSI), the most disabling work related injuries and illnesses (back injury included)  amounted to US$53 Billion in direct U.S. worker's compensation costs, or roughly a Billion dollars a week! Keep your Billions. I'd still prefer a healthy back everytime.


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