The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 3 million cases of workplace injuries and illnesses occur in the private sector every year. Although this figure is less than half of the 6.6 million reported 20 years ago, many workplaces are still hazardous. Alabama workers might know the dangers involved in the construction industry, but they might not have considered the dangers involved in office and health care environments.
In 2013, there were approximately 1.16 million cases of local and state government and private sector workers suffering a workplace illness and taking at least one day off of work, according to the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. A primary measure of the severity of job-related injuries and illnesses, workers took off work for a median of eight days to recover. While health care professionals could throw out their backs lifting patients, office workers can develop musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel from computer use. The median days of recovery for this was 11 days.