Report: OSHA should step up in keeping health care workers safe

07/18/2013 | Nurse.com

Nurses, nursing aides, attendants and orderlies incur more musculoskeletal injuries than other workers, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts about 20 times more inspections at construction sites than in health care facilities, according to a Public Citizen report. "It's alarming that health care workers rank right alongside laborers, truck drivers and other physical, labor-intensive jobs in terms of musculoskeletal injuries," said Suzy Harrington, director of the American Nurses Association's Department for Health, Safety and Wellness. "This is a primary reason health care workers leave direct patient care. We can't afford to lose health care workers to injury and still meet rising demand for health care services."

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