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Study Finds Fewer Job Accidents When Workers Given Paid Sick Time

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the American Journal of Medicine found that employees who are offered paid time off when they are sick are less likely to be hurt or killed while working.

The study examined 38,000 individual cases over a three-year time period and closely monitored any work-related health complications. The study concluded that individuals with paid time off were, on average, 28 percent less likely to suffer a fatal on the job accident.

The rates of work related injuries decreasing were different depending on the type of industries certain workers were in. For instance, construction site accidents decreased by 21 percent when paid time off was available to workers, while there was an 18 percent reduction in the accident rate for health care workers.

A spokesman for the research team who conducted the study, Dr. Abay Asfaw, Ph.D., stated, “Many workers may feel pressured to work while they are sick, out of fear of losing their income. If fewer people work while they are sick, this could lead to safer operations and fewer injuries in the workplace.”

The Boston personal injury lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers know just how devastating an on-the-job injury can be. That is why the firm is here to help you look into your legal options if you have been hurt in a work-related accident.

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