Do You Work an a Hospital? Statistics Show Injuries Increasing Among Hospital Workers


More so than construction and manufacturing, hospitals are one of the most dangerous places to work in terms of employee accidents. Most hospital injuries result from repeatedly lifting and repositioning limited mobility patients, exposure to contagious patients and interactions with violent patients. In addition, a culture of “patient first” pervades hospitals. While it is a virtuous notion, it often results in employees disregarding their own health.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were approximately 273,700 workplace injuries in hospitals in 2011. The hospital industry is an outlier, statistically. Construction, manufacturing and other industries have all dramatically reduced the incidence of workplace injuries in the past decade; however, hospital injury rates remain high.

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