Nurses suffer work injuries to their back at three times the rate of construction workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes forward from an NPR report: Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff from Becoming Patients. Some of the surprising to me statistics coming from this report are the following:
- Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries each year severe enough to cause them to miss work
- Nursing assistants and orderlies suffer back injuries at three times the rate of construction laborers
- Nursing assistants suffer more work injuries than any other job including warehouse workers, truckers and stock clerks
There's a simple reason for all these injuries to nurses and nursing assistants: they do a lot of lifting of patients.
Lexington, Kentucky workers compensation lawyer Robert Abell represents injured workers in Kentucky workers compensation cases; contact him at 859-254-7076.