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Indiana Announces Initiative To Make Healthcare Industry Safer

February 27, 2013

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that healthcare workers make up a large portion of employees who sustain work-related accidents. In fact, the healthcare industry has the second highest rating in the state when it comes to workplace accidents and injuries resulting in claims for Indiana Workers’ Compensation. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, those numbers were a major driving force behind the implementation of a new safety initiative being launched in the industry statewide.

The initiative is aimed at educating workers about some of the most common causes of accidents that are recorded in the healthcare industry. These include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Accidental Needle Sticks
  • Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens

The first in a series of educational events and conferences was held at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, on February 5. During the conference, officials announced several plans to educate workers about the dangerous employees in the healthcare industry face and how prioritizing workplace safety will create a better work environment and cut costs.

The initiative will also put healthcare facilities and their staff in touch with available resources, such as articles, flyers, and public service announcements, to make the workplace safer.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the initiative will be successful in reducing the number of workplace accidents reported in the state of Indiana.

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