Every healthcare worker who lifts or moves people
is at high risk for a back injury.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of job-related injuries experienced by caregivers is far above the national average for all other occupations, including construction workers, delivery drivers, and firefighters.
And if that’s not troubling enough, consider this: It’s impossible to know precisely how many caregivers have work-related back injuries because these injuries often go unreported.
What are the consequences?
- Injuries that go unreported can turn into chronic problems that lead to excessive absenteeism — and can even drive a caregiver to leave the profession altogether for a safer job.
- Minor injuries can land caregivers on “light duty” assignments, requiring employers to hire additional staff or place a heavier burden on other team members.
- Serious injuries can lead to expensive workers’ compensation claims, extended medical leave, and even disability.
Can back injuries be prevented?
You can’t prevent all work-related back injuries. But there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood that they will happen.
When it comes to preventing back injuries, knowledge is power. The more your caregivers know about safe lifting, safe transfers, using assistive devices, mechanical lifts, and the effects of certain lifestyle choices on their risk for injury, the more power they have to prevent problems BEFORE they happen.
Download The Back Care & Safety Skills Gap Challenge.
Use this brand new tool to assess your team’s knowledge of back care and safety. Plus, get plenty of tips on specific actions you can take to fill any skills gaps you identify.