Workplace injuries up in healthcare industry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injures in the healthcare industry are increasing.

Last year, nonfatal injuries and illnesses to attendants, orderlies, and nursing aides increased by 7 percent with approximately 489 incidents per 10,000 workers. Support workers in the healthcare industry experienced a 6 percent increase in injuries and illnesses to a rate of about 283 incidents per 10,000 workers.

The highest increase was in musculoskeletal disorders among healthcare workers.  The rate of these injuries among healthcare workers increased by 10 percent with 249 incidents per 10,000 workers.

The average injury and illness incident rate for workers in the U.S. workforce is approximately 118 incidents per 10,000 workers.

OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels stated, “It is unacceptable that the workers who have dedicated their lives to caring for our loved ones when they are sick are the very same workers who face the highest risk of work-related injury and illness.”

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