Contributed by The Babcock Law Firm, LLC
As researched by OSHA, the healthcare industry sees more at-work injuries than any other type of business in the country. In fact, there are more workers’ compensation claims in the healthcare industry than in either manufacturing or construction. Here are the six primary causes of injured or sickened hospital workers:
- 48% due to overexertion and bodily reaction
- 25% caused by slips and falls
- 13% caused by contact with contaminants
- 9% due to violence
- 4% due to substance exposure
- 1% other
As indicated by the stats above, the majority of healthcare at-work injuries are caused by lifting, bending, or reacting at a fast pace. Nurses and assistants have demanding physical jobs, and healthcare workers suffering from sprains and strains make up the largest percentage of workers’ compensation claims.
Where These Injuries Occur
Hospitals reported that, in 2011, there were 6.8 injuries or illnesses per every 100 employees, and this is twice the rate reported for private industries.
Unfortunately, it is not only hospitals that see above average injury rates. Dental clinics, out-patient centers, home healthcare agencies, birthing facilities and nursing homes all have high work injury concentrations.
Who Experiences These Injuries
Nurses are not the only healthcare employees that experience injuries. Maintenance staff, laundry workers, grounds keepers, food service workers and other medical staff workers all are among the high numbers of people injured while working in the industry.
The healthcare field is growing by leaps and bounds, and more employment opportunities are on the horizon. That said, it is necessary to use precaution if you are at work in the medical industry especially since it is usually so physically demanding and requires exposure to harmful substances.