As this article surprisingly states, more musculoskeletal injuries are suffered by orderlies, attendants, nurses and nursing aides than workers in any other industry. Back injuries in the health care industry are estimated to cost over $7 billion every year. The injuries don’t even have to be acute (sudden) ones. Years of repetitive lifting, pulling, reaching, or similar activity can end up wearing out back, arm, or leg muscles and joints, leading to occupational-type disorders that are also compensable under OWCP.
This office has worked with VA employees - particularly health care workers suffering back or scheduled injuries. Many nurses or CNAs end up hurt in the process of moving patients from wheelchairs, beds, toilet or shower facilities, or onto tables or other medical equipment. The American Nursing Association has also taken note of this epidemic of injuries. “And, while nurses may consider moving a 90-pound person up in bed quick and easy – in what other profession is 90 pounds considered light? In what other profession would a worker lift 90 pounds without mechanical support?” asks a new report, in which the association calls for increased awareness of the potential for workplace injury in the health care setting.