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State Has More Worker Health Issues Than National Average

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Worker illness rates are declining in Connecticut but the state still has a larger number of work health issues than the national average.

Officials at the University of Connecticut Health Center said Thursday a recent report shows 3,400 workers reported job-related illnesses in 2009, 3 percent fewer than in 2008.

Officials say Connecticut’s level of about 26 illnesses per 10,000 workers is around 20 percent higher than the national
average of about 21 illnesses per 10,000 workers.

Health officials say the majority of the work illnesses reported were carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis related to repetitive motion.

Officials say the manufacturing and health industries had the majority of health reports.

The report does not include traumatic job-related injuries that are analyzed separately by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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