Nursing Homes are the Most Dangerous Workplaces in America, Government Data Shows

Nursing homes had the highest rate of workplace injury and illness in 2012, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last year’s illness and injury incidence rate for private sector nursing and residential care facilities was 7.3%, the BLS reported . This was the highest overall, and it far eclipsed the illness and injury rates for workplaces that might seem more dangerous. The rate for miners (except oil and gas) was 2.7%, and the rate for construction was 3.6%.

Many nursing facility injuries occur when workers move residents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a campaign to reduce the number of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by long-term care workers, and the American Nurses Association is seeking to eliminate manual handling of residents. A bill in the House of Representatives,introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), would institute protections for nursing home staff.

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8 Responses to “Nursing Homes are the Most Dangerous Workplaces in America, Government Data Shows”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I believe it.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I believe it.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    My mother is afraid they are going to drop her!

  4. Kathleen Says:

    My mother is afraid they are going to drop her!

  5. Norma Says:

    So many patients do get dropped, Kathleen. The aides are doing their best but so many aren't properly trained.

  6. Norma Says:

    So many patients do get dropped, Kathleen. The aides are doing their best but so many aren't properly trained.

  7. Finny Says:

    They're also the most dangerous place for vulnerable people.

  8. Finny Says:

    They're also the most dangerous place for vulnerable people.

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