What do you do for a living? Do you work in the health care industry? If so, you might have chosen a career in health care because you saw it as an opportunity to make a living in an industry that is growing as the population continues to age. You feel the special calling to help others, and make the world a better place to live. However, you should not be complacent when it comes to your profession.
Health care is one of the most dangerous occupations, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Healthcare workers suffer more injuries than workers in any other sector in the U.S. economy. Hazards in the healthcare occupation include workplace violence, exposure to blood-borne diseases, biohazards, chemicals and drugs, and ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks. Hospital workers have also suffered serious injuries when they try to restrain violent patients. In addition to the medical staff, hospital workers in mechanical, medical equipment, and building and grounds maintenance, as well as housekeeping, food service, laundry and administrative staff face health and safety hazards on the job.
As a health care worker, you have the right to a safe workplace, a position that OSHA states on its website. The website states the law requires employers to provide working conditions that are free of known dangers, which, as we all know, are not always evident. How can you protect yourself if your employer is not taking the measures to do so?
Taking responsibility for ourselves means being vigilant in ensuring a safe working environment. Be a part of the solution when you serve on a safety committee. File a complaint with authorities if you think there is negligence in your workplace. Ask for an inspection if you believe your employer is not following safety standards.
If you have been injured or stricken with an illness on the job in the health care field as a result of negligence on the part of your employer or other factors beyond your control, consider contacting a personal injury attorney who can help you deal with state and government agencies and work toward the compensation you deserve.