Little let-up in lost work days
The unchanged pace of lost-workday cases last year reflects the rate's long-term resistance to improvement. Since 1973 the lost-workday injury and illness rate has been reduced by only 12 percent.
Union safety officials claim that the intensity of work, including increasing workloads and overtime, are major causes of lost-workday cases. They argue that employers are demanding faster work over longer hours, compromising safety and causing serious and disabling injuries.