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Injuries to health workers are common but safety checks are rare, report finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4701 (Published 23 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4701
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Healthcare workers suffer more of certain types of injury than workers in any other sector in the United States, including manufacturing and construction, but federal safety inspections are rare, a report has found.

The report was prepared by Public Citizen,1 a non-profit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC.

According to the paper, healthcare employers reported nearly 654 000 workplace injuries in 2010, the year for which the most recent comprehensive data were available, 152 000 more than the industry with the next highest number of reports—manufacturing.

Because of the size of the healthcare sector, the overall rate of injuries and illnesses per worker was less …

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