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Pennsylvania nurses face work injury risk due to strenuous duties

Facing dangers and risks is something that many employees in various occupations face on a daily basis. Some Pennsylvania residents may think the risk of work injury is obvious in areas such as construction, but they may fail to consider the hazards of occupations where heights and machinery are not necessarily factors. Many employment opportunities need workers to perform duties that include heavy lifting and frequent bending and moving, which all could contribute to an injury.

Nurses and other employees in the healthcare industry are particularly susceptible to facing a work injury. These workers are often lifting and moving patients, and in some cases, they do not have the proper assistance or equipment to move a patient without some risk to themselves. Back and neck injuries are among the most common risks for nurses and other medical assistants.

Many employees may feel that their place of employment takes precautions in preventing injuries to workers. Unfortunately, accidents and oversights can occur which could lead to an injury. Some workers have also expressed a desire for updated equipment, which could potentially be lighter and less bulky. Such equipment could reduce the risk of some strain related injuries.

If a Pennsylvania nurse sustains a work injury, their daily activities could be negatively affected. They may need to take time off from work to recover, which could potentially lead to lost wages. If an injury is sustained on the job, an employee could potentially be entitled to workers' compensation. Information on state laws dealing with this area could provide concerned workers with knowledge needed to determine whether they could possibly be entitled to benefits.

Source:, Survey: Nurses, clinicians prone to work injuries, No author, Nov. 20, 2013

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