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Healthcare

According to the National Institute for Safety & Health, healthcare is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers. Over the past decade rates of occupational injury to healthcare workers have risen with exposure to a wide range of hazards on the job, including needlesticks, slips and falls, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, stress, vehicle crashes and more.

Understanding the importance of health safety and committing to a safety program can go a long way toward preventing and reducing exposure to these hazards. A safety program can help your organization commit to taking care of its valuable employees, the same way they’ve committed to taking care of the patients you serve.

Do I really need a healthcare safety program?

When you’re weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to safety, consider these alarming statistics:

  • Healthcare workers are much more likely to be injured on the job than those who work in other industries
  • The rate of injury in hospitals and nursing care facilities is twice the national average
  • Each year nearly 1 in 10 hospital workers sustains on the job injuries requiring time off, job transfer, or duty restriction
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What’s the real cost of workplace injury?
The impact of workplace injury and illness extends far beyond the costs of medical care, especially when you consider these indirect areas of impact:

  • Morale
  • Group health insurance costs
  • Effects on family members
  • Loss in productivity
  • Skill replacement
  • Tight employment market
  • Cost of hiring new employees

According to data compiled by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, the average cost of a lost-time claim is over $20,000—a cost that could easily be avoided through a genuine commitment to workplace safety.

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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