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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Bus drivers injured more than cops

By Luke Rosiak

Local transit and inter-city bus drivers had a higher rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring time off from work than did police and firefighters, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Police had 676 incidents requiring time off work per 10,000 full-timers in 2009, and firefighters had 512, compared to 892 for bus drivers, a report by MarketWatch said this week. That's nearly one in 10. The overall average for workers was 117 incidents, or about 1 percent.

"Bus drivers are exposed to a lot of force and vibrations when they are driving," Karen Jacobs, former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, told MarketWatch.

"The next time you are on a bus, take a look at the driver. They are ... exposed to a lot of whole-body vibrations, which can be very detrimental to the body."

By Luke Rosiak  | February 18, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Metro, Traffic Safety, Transit  
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Comments

A lot of bus drivers are morbidly obese too.

Posted by: PepperDr | February 18, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So bus drivers get injured by too many vibrations and police get injured by too many doughnuts. Not much here.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 18, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's be fair. Bus drivers actually work.

Firefighters sit around most of the time, bothering to stand up to threaten cities and towns with "fire" if they don't get their pay raises and expensive equipment.

Police? Sitting around talking on cell phones all day, pausing to park illegally, and run red lights. Running cover for bandits all night.

Posted by: SydneyP | February 18, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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