To the contrary, however, it’s health care workers.
On average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, nearly twice the rate for private industry as a whole. The numbers are even higher for nursing and residential care facilities.
The most typical injuries include overexertion and repetitive stress; slips, trips and falls; contact with objects; workplace violence; and exposure to harmful substances (including needle sticks).
Thankfully, if you are health care employer, OSHA has myriad publications to help.
The most helpful include:
- A self-assessment, How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?
- A guide, Worker Safety in Your Hospital
- A guide, How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?