Health care providers in hospitals have an important job and must earn advanced degrees to treat their patients. While such jobs can be rewarding on a personal level, it is important to note that many health care providers in Wisconsin and across the nation suffer injuries on the job. Working in a hospital presents dangers that employers and employees should be aware of.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overexertion and bodily reaction was the top cause of workplace injuries among hospital workers. This was followed by slips, trips and falls. Coming into contact with objects was the third most prevalent injury, followed by acts of violence. The next most common injury was exposure to substances, while the remaining injuries were attributed to other causes.

Having to bend over, reaching for something high or lifting something heavy could lead to an overexertion injury. Sprains and strains were common injuries among hospital workers, as were bruises, soreness, fractures, multiple trauma and cuts and punctures. According to one source, 24 percent of nurses and nursing assistants had to either switch shifts with a colleague or stay home from work to recover from an unreported workplace injury. This doesn’t account for the time hospital workers must stay home to recover from injuries that are reported to their employer.

Workplace injuries in a hospital setting can be debilitating. Fortunately, depending on the situation, it may be possible for a health care provider to pursue workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job. These benefits may be the financial lifeline that is needed to make ends meet while the worker recovers from their injuries.