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Worker Injuries and Safety Equipment in Ohio Nursing Homes

Journal Article
June 12, 2012

This study uses survey data from Ohio nursing homes to compile a snapshot of nursing home worker injuries. The report shows that nursing homes with a resident lifting policy in place generally have lower injury rates; the vast majority of homes surveyed (95%) do have a written lifting policy. Meanwhile, the use of safety equipment had no significant correlation with a change in worker injury rates.

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Key Takeaways

The median rate of injury was 5.7 injuries per 100 workers per year.
Injury rate ratios increased with resident wheelchair use and were lower in smaller facilities.
Research is needed to determine how equipment use frequency, access, and availability impact worker injury rates.

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