The National Center for Health Statistics says nearly one in five workers had job-related back pain for a week or more during one recent year and 22 percent had trouble with their hands, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Overall, one in every 15 workers was injured on the job, the agency reported Tuesday.The figures were drawn from a 1988 survey of 44,233 adults. Unlike earlier surveys, it analyzed workplace injuries by age, sex, race and education, not just by industry.
Among the other findings:
- Overall, a little over 7 percent of workers reported one or more on-the-job injuries in the preceding year and the figure was 13 percent among blue-collar workers.
- Men were almost twice as likely as women to be injured on the job.
- Twenty-two percent suffered hand, wrist or finger injuries; 18 percent hurt their backs.