Los Angeles workers may be interested in some information about workplace injuries in the health care field and how they could be prevented. Due to the failure of the state and federal governments to enact legislation, however, these serious workplace issues remain largely unresolved, according to one source.
The rate of on-the-job injury for nurses and orderlies is higher than any other occupation, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these injuries are the result of moving patients without the proper equipment. According to a spokesperson from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, this often leaves nurses with shortened careers due to disabilities caused by these injuries. However, studies show that changes in equipment and training can lead to a vast reduction in these types of workers' injuries. One program showed a 40 percent average reduction while another found that injuries were reduced by 80 percent after introducing new equipment for lifting and moving patients.