Hospitals are where people go to receive treatment and get better, but they are also a place where employees are at more risk than you might expect. While the patients at the hospital receive care and medical attention, the people providing it to them are at constant risk for injury on the job.
Although jobs at hospitals may not seem nearly as dangerous as other careers, the reality is that hospital work can very easily lead to serious injuries.
Job injury statistics show the dangers of hospital work
Hospital workers have the highest risk for injury on the job out of all occupations. For every 100,000 full-time workers in manufacturing, there are 111.8 lost-time injuries on the job each year. For those who work in construction, that injury rate goes up to 147.4 for every 100,000 full-time workers, which is higher than the 105.2 per 100,000 workers that all private industries average.
However, hospital workers get hurt at an even higher rate. There will be 157.5 injured workers for every 100,000 full-time employees at a hospital each year.
Hospitals have a variety of injury risks
Hospital workers get hurt in many different ways. Overexertion due to lifting or shifting patients is a common issue, as are slips and falls. Contact with objects and violence in the workplace also contribute to the staggering number of hospital employees who get hurt on the job each year.
Hospital employees who can’t do their job because of their injuries can apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover their medical care and the wages they don’t learn until they can get back to caring for others instead of needing medical care.