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4 Ways to Ease the Strain of Employee Injuries in the Health Care Industry.

February 3, 2015

Back-Pain-ManWorkers’ Compensation claims in the health care industry can get costly.  Due to the high physical demands put on the health care professionals by clients – musculoskeletal disorders, or MSD’s, are the leading cause of claims, especially in the home health care and nursing home sectors.

MSD’s can be classified as any injury or strain to tendons, muscles, bones, cartilage, bones, nerves or joints  caused or aggravated by tasks such as pulling, pushing and/or lifting.

 

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – nursing aides, orderlies and attendants had the highest rate of MSDs with more than 7 times the average rate for other industries.

Help your employees reduce the risk of an MSD injury by:

  1. Have ongoing ergonomic training for your employees – especially office staff to avoid things such as neck and wrist strain.
  2. Have the proper equipment for your team including but not limited to lifting devices, adjustable beds, raised toilets and proper grab bars in showers as to alleviate and/or avoid employee lift assistance.  Manual lifting should be minimized in all cases and eliminated when feasible.
  3. Already have proper equipment? Great!  Don’t assume your staff is using the proper form.   Many back strains can occur from twisting motions when helping patients transfer from bed to chair and other like movements.
  4. Catch it quickly. Injuries will to happen in even the best run institutions!  The key to managing your Workers’ Compensation losses is to insure employees are notifying you of any injuries immediately.  Next – keep the lines of communication open between the injured employee, your HR Team and health care providers.  Getting that employee the proper care and back to work as soon as possible is vital!

MSD’s can be very costly for your healthcare organization – open communication and training with your staff can help you have a safe and happy work place in 2015!

Adam Winters Commercial Lines Account Manager Founders Insurance Group

Adam Winters
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Founders Insurance Group

 

Adam Winters

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Founders Insurance Group

www.foundersgrp.com

awinters@foundersgrp.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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