Healthcare workers get hurt on the job more than anybody

Places like hospitals and doctor’s offices where people go to get well are among the most common places for workplace injuries, according to a new U.S. Department of Labor study….

Places like hospitals and doctor’s offices where people go to get well are among the most common places for workplace injuries, according to a new U.S. Department of Labor study. The federal agency says that healthcare workers like nurses’ assistants have some of the highest incidence of workplace injuries in the American workforce.

One-third of workplace injuries and illnesses are musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. These include injuries like pinched nerves, herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and strains. Workers can get injured this way through physical overexertion, perhaps by lifting or pushing heavy objects, or performing repetitive motions.

Nurses’ assistants push and lift patients all the time, so it is maybe no surprise that they have the highest rate of MSDs of any job in the country, more than laborers, semi truck drivers, and even their colleagues, registered nurses.

In addition, workplace violence is a major risk for healthcare workers. Patients and their family members sometimes attack nurses’ assistants, causing them injury. Falls were another common source of workplace harm.

Often, nurses’ assistants must physically exert themselves with little time to prepare. One Pennsylvania nurses’ assistant hurt her back rolling a deceased patient up a pair of ramps that were separated by a 90-degree turn. She said the hospital she works at is usually understaffed, and often there is little time to do things the safest way.

When an injury occurs, healthcare workers may be able to turn to workers’ compensation to help make up for lost wages and medical bills that pile up during their recovery.

Construction zones almost seem designed to cause accidents

Construction workers in Pennsylvania know that their jobs can be dangerous. Accidents may not happen every day, but when they do, they can range from bumps and bruises to permanent…

Construction workers in Pennsylvania know that their jobs can be dangerous. Accidents may not happen every day, but when they do, they can range from bumps and bruises to permanent disability to death.

In fact, if a visitor from another planet landed at the average construction site, it may conclude that the zone was designed to hurt injury. There is tall scaffolding, from which a worker might fall dozens of feet to the ground. There are pieces of heavy machinery that can crush someone. Beams and other objects can fall from above and hit workers below. Even hand tools and nails can cause injury.

Of course, a construction site is not supposed to be a house of horrors. But people can and do get seriously hurt there. If the injury is serious enough, the worker might have to take weeks or months off to recover. For seriously injured construction workers, workers’ compensation is a vital lifeline. For those who qualify, the benefits can help make up for the income the worker cannot earn, and pay for medical care they need.

Readers should know a construction worker’s employment status can make a difference about whether he or she qualifies for workers’ compensation. Often, employers try to claim that employees are not actually “employees,” but rather an independent contractor. This can be an important issue, but experienced workers’ comp attorneys know the factors that determine whether a worker is an employee or not.

A construction injury may only be the first step on a path through medical rehabilitation and recovery. An attorney can be a helpful guide down that road.