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Two-thirds of occupational illnesses are repeated trauma cases

January 10, 2002

In 2000, 67 percent of newly reported cases of occupational illness in private industry were disorders associated with repeated trauma.

Number of nonfatal occupational illnesses by industry, total and cases of disorders associated with repeated trauma, 2000
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Of 362,500 cases of occupational illness, 241,800 were repeated trauma cases. Disorders associated with repeated trauma include carpal tunnel syndrome and noise-induced hearing loss.

The majority of the cases of repeated trauma were in manufacturing, followed by services and wholesale and retail trade. Also, in both manufacturing and in finance, insurance, and real estate, about four-fifths of illness cases were repeated trauma cases.

The BLS Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities Program produced these data. Find more information on occupational injuries and illnesses in 2000 in "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2000," news release USDL 01-472.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Two-thirds of occupational illnesses are repeated trauma cases on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/jan/wk1/art04.htm (visited December 21, 2014).

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