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OSHA QuickTakes: Michaels Issues Statement on Increase of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries Among Health Care Workers
November 15, 2011, 2:52 pm
Filed under: News

Data released Nov. 9 by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an increase in the injury and illness rates among members of certain health care professions. Data on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in 2010 showed a six percent increase from the previous year in the incidence rate for health care support workers-almost 2 1/2 times the rate for all private and public sector workers. The rate among nursing aides, orderlies and attendants rose seven percent. Additionally, the rate of musculoskeletal disorder cases with days away from work for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants increased 10 percent.
“It is unacceptable that the workers who have dedicated their lives to caring for our loved ones when they are sick are the very same workers who face the highest risk of work-related injury and illness,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels. “The rates of injuries and illnesses among hospital and health care workers underscore OSHA’s concern about the safety and health of these workers,” he said. In response, OSHA will launch, in the next few months, a National Emphasis Program on Nursing Home and Residential Care Facilities. See Michaels’ full statement for more information at


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