When we think about hospitals, we usually view the hazards from the patient’s standpoint. Risk of infection or physician error are often the first things that come to mind when hospital safety is addressed. But hospital workers are also surprisingly vulnerable.
The injury rate among hospital workers is nearly double the industry average. According to OSHA, hospitals reported 253,700 workplace injuries in 2011. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the chance that a work-related illness or injury will result in hospital workers missing work days is higher than in the construction and manufacturing industry.
The High Costs Of Worker Injury Or Illness
The costs of work-related injuries is significant. Worker injuries can endanger patient health and jeopardize the quality of care they receive. The financial impact is also great. Worker’s compensation claims, potential legal fees, lack of proper staffing, decrease in employee morale, and the high cost of training new workers can significantly impact a hospital system’s financial performance. In fact, hospitals pay out $2 billion dollars each year in worker’s compensation-related claims.
Through carefully thought-out and properly-implemented worker safety training programs, safety risks can be measurably reduced. And reduced risks result in better patient care, increased worker morale, and a sharp drop in worker’s compensation payouts.
If you have questions about how implementing a safety training program in your healthcare facility could help reduce your risks, feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.
- Basic facts of hospital worker injuries and illness and the costs associated with on-the-job
- Detailed breakdown of work-related injuries, by category for hospitals.
- Risk self-assessment for hospital administrators.