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May 2006, Vol. 129, No. 5
Multiyear nonfatal work injury rates
Michael R. Pergamit
Vice President, Economic Studies, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Survey Economist, Economic Studies, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
This article takes a first step toward answering how many
workers have ever been injured on the job. An unexploited data source on work
injuries—the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79)—indicates
a higher rate of nonfatal workplace injuries than might be expected from
official statistics. The article also finds that (1) a
large proportion of injuries resulted in restricted or lost workdays and (2)
there are significant differences in injury rates by sex, education level, and,
in some cases, race or ethnicity. Less
educated workers, whose jobs often involve considerable physical activity, have
a substantial risk of on-the-job injury.
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