Healthcare workers in California often face challenges at work. They are also prone to certain types of injuries on the job. These are among the most common.
Healthcare workers are supposed to be properly trained to handle needles and other sharps, but accidents can still happen. If a worker makes a mistake while handling or disposing of these objects, they can suffer needle pricks. This is dangerous due to the risk of bloodborne pathogens.
Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries affect the musculoskeletal areas of the body. Nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare workers are required to perform the same motions over and over while doing their jobs. This can take its toll on them and lead to the development of repetitive stress injuries.
Slip and fall accidents
Nurses, specifically, should wear appropriate shoes with good traction while working. The wrong type of shoes could lead to a slip and fall accident even in clean areas. This could result in a back, neck or head injury that could keep them from working. However, even when healthcare workers wear the right shoes, a slip and fall can occur if there are obstacles on the floor or a spill has occurred that hasn’t been cleaned up.
Acts of violence
No one should suffer an act of violence in the workplace, but it sometimes happens. Healthcare workers face this problem when criminals invade their facilities. Depending on the circumstances, even patients or their family members can suddenly become violent. This could result in serious injuries to healthcare workers.
Back injuries rank as one of the most common faced by healthcare workers. Their jobs are physically demanding as they often must move patients from place to place or lift heavy objects. Sometimes, the weight is too much, which can lead to a back injury developing over time and the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.