Federal report: Nursing aid second-most hazardous job

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Nursing aide place behind only trucker as the most hazardous profession for workplace injuries and illness that cause lost work time, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were 79,000 injuries to aides and related workers that required more time off than just the day of the incident in 2002, the most recent year statistics were available.

The median time off was six days. More than 9 in 10 of those injured (91%) were women.

In contrast, of the 112,200 injured truck drivers, the top category for injuries, 93% were men. Median time off was 13 days.

Nursing aides primarily suffered sprains and strains to their trunk – typically meaning back injuries caused from lifting or moving patients.

The biggest category for time off (by percentage) was the "3-5 day" category at 22%. The next biggest categories were "31 or more days" (18.5%) and "one day" (16%).