I want you to guess one of the most dangerous jobs in America – back and other injuries occur in this profession at far higher rates than in the construction industry and this profession sees more injuries than law enforcement. And many of the executives that run these companies are doing very little to prevent it. Who are these workers that are disabled so often by back and other injuries?
Registered nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies – those who look after you in hospital and other settings. And they get these injuries primarily by lifting and moving patients.
If you’re a nurse or nursing assistance and you’ve suffered a back or other injury that’s affected your life, please contact us.
According the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year – severe enough that they have to miss work.
Nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer roughly 3 times the rate of back and other muscular injuries as construction laborers.
In terms of the number of these injuries, BLS data show that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation, followed by warehouse workers, truckers, stock clerks and registered nurses.
The number one reason why nursing employees get these injuries is by doing their everyday jobs of moving and lifting patients.