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NIOSH eNews - May 2009

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are an important problem and account for approximately one third of all non fatal injuries. The rate of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in private industry decreased during the 5-year period 2003 to 2007. However, three industry sectors reported rates that exceeded the overall private industry averages by at least 25%: Transportation and Warehousing, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Construction.

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Rates of occupational musculoskeletal disorders involving days away from work in U.S. private industry by major industry sectors, 2003-2007