Though workplace injuries are most commonly associated with the construction industry, a hospital is in fact one of the most dangerous work environments. 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. While the average incidence of workplace injuries has been decreasing across all industries, hospitals remain an outlier with nearly double the injury rates of construction and manufacturing.
Some of the chief hazards of hospital worker injuries include constantly lifting and repositioning patients with limited mobility, proximity to contagious patients and surgical tools and injuries sustained from interactions with violent patients. OSHA also points to the “patient first” culture of hospitals as a potential cause of employee injury. While the notion is by all means a virtuous one, many hospital employees take it to the extreme, disregarding their own health. Ultimately, an injured hospital worker can no longer put the “patient first.”
I Have Been Injured Working In A Hospital And Need An Attorney
Even though over 90 percent of hospitals have employee safety and health systems in place policy-wise, few actually implement them. If you are a hospital worker and face health risks on a daily basis, it might be wise to consult a workers compensation attorney before you suffer a workplace accident. The Larrimer & Larrimer legal team has extensive experience taking care of injured workers and protecting those who speak out about their workplace hazards. Our conversations with injured workers seeking legal advice are completely free and strictly confidential, so reach out to us; we are happy to serve.
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