Wednesday 23 January 2019

Health sector is hardest hit by sick days

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Anne Marie Walsh

Health workers are more likely to be out sick due to a work-related illness than staff in high-risk industries including construction.

New research published today reveals the highest number of days lost due to work-related injury between 2008 and 2014 was in the health sector, at 92,000 days a year. In the transport sector, 82,000 days were lost.

Health also had the highest number of days lost per worker due to work-related illness, at 524 days per 1,000 workers. This compares with 507 days in transport, 358 in agriculture, forestry and fishing, 351 in industry and 313 in construction.

The Economic and Social Research Institute and Health and Safety Authority examined health, construction, transport and storage, manufacturing and utilities, and agriculture, forestry and fishing. Some 41pc of workers are employed in these industries.

Most fatalities occurred in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, rising from 129 between 2001 and 2007 to 151 between 2008 and 2014.

Night workers, shift workers and new recruits have a higher risk of injury, while part-timers are also at high risk of illness.

Irish Independent

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