All kinds of sacrifice can come with all kinds of professions. The healthcare industry is no exception. In fact, workplace safety reports indicate that the healthcare industry is an especially high-risk field in regards to workplace illness and injuries.
Next time that you or a loved one gets medical attention at a hospital or other facility, know that the staff helping you might be doing so at the risk of becoming sick or injured themselves. According to worker safety reports, more than 23 percent of all reported occupational illnesses in the U.S. are suffered by healthcare workers.
Hospitals prove to be the most dangerous to workers’ health. Likely factors that contribute to a high rate of worker injury and illness are that, obviously, doctors, nurses and other medical staff spend much of their time around sick people who might spread their illnesses on. Common injuries like sprains and pains overall are likely linked to long hours on their feet, as well as lifting and moving patients.
Though there might be health dangers within a field, workers are still owed levels of protection from illness and injuries. More than just safety critics worrying about the safety of patients, focus must also be given to medical workers’ well-being. Existing safety regulations governing medical facilities must be followed, and perhaps there is a need for safety improvements.
In our next post, we will continue with this topic and share how OSHA plans to try to help prevent the high rate of worker injuries and illness among U.S. caregivers.
Injuries like consistent pains and strains that are common among healthcare workers can be difficult for sufferers to prove. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help those suffering from occupational disease get the financial support that they deserve.
Source: EHS Today, “The Sorry State of Safety in Health Care,” Josh Cable, Jan. 27, 2014