Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed

Source: Keith Wrightson, Taylor Lincoln, Public Citizen, July 17, 2013

From the press release:
Health care workers suffer more injuries and illnesses on the job each year than those in any other industry, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducts relatively few inspections of health care facilities and is hamstrung in its ability to take action to resolve unsafe conditions by an absence of needed safety standards, a new report by Public Citizen shows…. Nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than workers in any other field. Costs associated with back injuries in the health care industry are estimated to be more than $7 billion annually….