What do truckdrivers and nurses have in common?

| 3/31/2003

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said March 17 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows work loss in 2001 due to work injuries are down, but truckdrivers and nurses, among other workers, are bucking the trend.

"I am pleased to see the rate of musculoskeletal disorder injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work showed a significant decline of 9.6 percent, greater than the overall decline of 7.6 percent for all lost workday injuries," Chao said.

"However, truckdrivers, laborers, nurses and nursing aides, and other employees continue to suffer high rates of injuries and illnesses in their workplaces. We must find ways to reduce the hazards that these workers experience and make their workplaces safer and healthier."