New Report Indicates Health Care Workers Face Greatest Risk of Work-Related Injuries
When most people think of dangerous occupations where work-related injuries and occupational illnesses are common, industries that typically come to mind might include manufacturing and construction. Although many people do not perceive the health care industry as one that has a high number of worker's compensation claims, a new report by the non-profit organization Public Citizen indicates that the volume of injuries to health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care centers and other medical facilities has made the health care industry the most dangerous occupation for employees.
The report suggests that a lack of regulation and oversight constitutes a significant factor in the disproportional number of work-related injuries suffered by nurses' aides, orderlies, nurses and other workers in the health care industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) devotes significantly less time and resources to employee safety for health care workers than those in other occupations like construction. The report claims that OSHA spends only 1/20th the time on inspections of health care workplaces when compared to construction worksites. Nonetheless, health care workers experience the highest number of musculoskeletal injuries of workers in any industry according to the report.
Interestingly, OHSA's response to the Public Citizen report did not include a denial. The federal agency indicated that it simply lacks the manpower, resources and money to focus comparable attention across all industries that comprise the U.S. economy. This response by OSHA essentially amounts to a concession that the resources devoted to regulating, inspecting and citing employers in certain industries is less stringent based on available resources and funding.
While all workers in the medical field face a risk of suffering debilitating work-related injuries, the new report indicates that nursing home employees are most at risk in terms of needing to pursue a workers' compensation claim. The rationale offered by the authors of the report for the comparably high number of injuries in nursing homes includes long hours and the strain of lifting patients with limited mobility.
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