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OSHA data shows decrease in healthcare worker injuries

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July 1, 2019

It turns out that 2017 was a slightly safer year to be a worker in the healthcare industry. That doesn’t mean the numbers are good, but in a healing industry where injury statistics are perennially higher than any other workplace in America, any improvement is welcome.

There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, which occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said in an annual report released in December 2018.
In hospitals, there were 51,380 cases that resulted in days away from work (DAFW) in 2017, an incidence rate of 129.8 cases per 10,000, which was down from 134.3 in 2016. The incidence rate for DAFW cases resulting from overexertion and bodily reaction decreased to 56.7 cases per 10,000 FTE workers in 2017, from 62.1 in 2016.

Cases resulting from falls on the same level increased to 25.2 cases per 10,000 FTE workers in 2017, from 23.6 in 2016. In all, healthcare practitioners suffered 23,570 DAFW cases in 2017, down 600 cases from 2016.

It turns out that 2017 was a slightly safer year to be a worker in the healthcare industry. That doesn’t mean the numbers are good, but in a healing industry where injury statistics are perennially higher than any other workplace in America, any improvement is welcome.



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