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Healthcare injuries draw federal attention
12/1/2011
 
The U.S. labor department reports the rate of injuries among nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants rose 7% in 2010, to 489 per 10,000 workers. The rate of musculoskeletal disorder cases with days away from work for these workers increased 10%, to a rate of 249 cases per 10,000 workers.

The rise in injuries prompted the following statement from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for OSHA: "The rates of injuries and illnesses among hospital and healthcare workers underscore OSHA's concern about the safety and health of these workers. OSHA is responding by launching, in the next few months, a National Emphasis Program on Nursing Home and Residential Care Facilities. Through this initiative, we will increase our inspections of these facilities, focusing on back injuries from resident handling or lifting patients; exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases; workplace violence; and slips, trips and falls.”