Occupational hazards that health care workers encounter

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2020 | Workers' compensation

On the job, there are many different ways in which health care workers sustain injuries. Sometimes, accidents occur due to slick floors, falling objects, sharp objects or repetitive strain over the course of many years. Moreover, if you work in this field, you are more likely to suffer a job-related illness in comparison to certain occupations. For example, many health care workers are exposed to dangerous diseases while performing their job duties.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care workers are especially likely to suffer job-related injuries in comparison to those working in other fields. It is vital for health care workers to keep an eye out for these hazards and address an injury or illness appropriately.

Looking at risks in a health care setting

In the health care field, there are many risk factors that often lead to accidents. Whether you work in a large hospital or a small clinic, you should keep an eye out for slippery surfaces, dangerous tools and other equipment and even inexperienced workers. Moreover, many people who work in this field have a high risk of catching a contagious illness, forcing them to miss work.

Looking at the impact of an accident

When a health care workers suffers an injury in an accident or develops a serious work-related illness, their lives are often turned upside down. Physical pain is a reality for many people in this position, but many also struggle with their emotions (such as anxiety and difficulty sleeping) as well as financial issues. From missing work to covering medical expenses, the financial impact of these situations is often overwhelming. Fortunately, many workers are able to recover with the assistance of workers’ compensation benefits.