Is it the cold?
Is it the flu?
Are state and local government workers calling in sick a lot more than the rest of us?
New numbers are out showing those government workers in New York report injuries or illnesses almost three times more than those working in a private sector job.
Each year, the U.S. Labor Department, along with other agencies, takes a survey of occupational injuries and illnesses. This survey collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes non-fatal, work-related injuries and illnesses for both the private and public employment sectors in the state.
It does not, however, include non-fatal injuries and illnesses to those who are self-employed, federal government employees, private household workers and those who work on farms with less than 11 employees.
In 202, private industry employers reported about 146,000 non-fatal injuries and illnesses on the job.