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."