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Common workplace accidents in the Minnesota healthcare industry

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Healthcare professionals in Minnesota face various workplace hazards daily. From nurses to physicians, technicians to support staff, the healthcare industry is prone to accidents that can result in serious injuries.

Understanding these common workplace accidents is important for promoting safety and preventing incidents.

Slips, trips and falls

One of the most prevalent workplace accidents in Minnesota’s healthcare industry is slip-and-falls. Spills, wet floors, loose cables and cluttered walkways are common causes of slips or trips. Healthcare workers rushing to attend to patients or carrying heavy equipment may not always be able to react to these hazards safely.

Musculoskeletal injuries

Healthcare professionals often lift or transfer patients, move heavy equipment and maintain awkward postures during procedures. These activities put them at risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as strains, sprains and back pain. Improper lifting techniques, inadequate equipment and repetitive movements exacerbate these risks.

Violence and assault

In extreme situations, healthcare workers may face violence and assault from patients. Verbal abuse and physical attacks are not uncommon in healthcare settings. Healthcare facilities are responsible for implementing security measures and providing staff training programs to mitigate these risks.

Chemical exposure

Exposure to hazardous chemicals is another concern in the healthcare industry. Cleaning agents, disinfectants and medical gases used in healthcare facilities can pose health risks if not handled properly. Healthcare workers should receive adequate training on the safe use, storage and disposal of chemicals to prevent accidents and minimize exposure.

There were 221,400 recorded work-related injuries and illnesses in U.S. hospitals in 2019. Healthcare workers across the country face a high risk of injury on the job, and those in Minnesota have just as much of a right to pursue compensation when injured at work.