overall number of workplace injuries dipped slightly in 2000,
truckdrivers account for more serious illnesses and injuries
than any other occupation, the Labor Department said last week.
Sprains, strains and tears were the most common lost-worktime
injuries, accounting for about 44 percent of the total.
from the Labor Department show there were 1.66 million injuries
and illnesses serious enough to result in more than one day
of missed work in 2000, a 2.3 percent drop from 1999. But the
2000 decline was less than average annual drops of 3.6 percent
from 1992 to 2000, during which these injuries and illnesses
fell by a total of 28.6 percent.
accounted for more serious illnesses and injuries than any other
occupation, with more than 136,000 in 2000, down from 141,000
in 1999, the bureau said. The job with the second most common
workplace injuries is nursing aides with 87,000.
Elaine Chao lamented the high injury and illness levels of truckers,
laborers and nursing aides, which accounted for about 18 percent
of total injuries and illnesses. "Their safety and health
is important to all of us, and we must continue to find ways
to reduce hazards and improve their working conditions,"
Chao said in a released statement.