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Health Care Workers and Occupational Injuries

December 11, 2007

  • Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers.
  • Women represent nearly 80% of the health care work force.
  • Health care workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including needlestick injuries, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress.
  • Although it is possible to prevent or reduce health care worker exposure to these hazards, health care workers actually are experiencing increasing numbers of occupational injuries and illnesses.
  • Rates of occupational injury to health care workers have risen over the past decade.
  • By contrast, two of the most hazardous industries, agriculture and construction, are safer today than they were a decade ago.
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  1. July 12, 2010 11:35 pm

    That’s a very unique way of looking at it!

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