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Worker wellness: Tips for promoting safe lifting practices

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January 19, 2020

Excerpted from Medical Environment Update

Despite healthcare workers’ inherent mission of healing others, they are still among the most commonly injured of any industry in the U.S.—a fact that has not escaped OSHA.

Unsurprisingly, most of those injuries are ergonomic injuries resulting from lifting heavy weights and improperly transferring loads from one place to another, usually while caring for patients.

According to OSHA’s latest statistics, the healthcare and social assistance industry reported more injury and illness cases than any other private industry sector—up to 582,800 cases, according to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the Bureau of Labor Safety. That’s 153,900 more cases than the next highest industry sector, manufacturing.

Despite healthcare workers’ inherent mission of healing others, they are still among the most commonly injured of any industry in the U.S.—a fact that has not escaped OSHA.



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