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Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed

Report
July 1, 2013

This report uses statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor to show that health care workers — including direct care workers — suffer on-the-job injuries and illnesses at higher rates than any other profession. It argues that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration must make a greater effort to ensure that health care workers are protected in the workplace. OSHA should develop additional safety standards for health care facilities and conduct site inspections more regularly

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Key Takeaways

Workers in nursing facilities experience injuries at seven times the overall rate.
Injuries requiring days away from work for nursing aides are more than four times the rate for all workers.
More protections must be put in place to promote worker safety.
 
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