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October/November 2010 (vol. 07/3)
Healthcare worker injuries
The vast majority (83%) of lost-time injuries to healthcare workers are musculoskeletal, according to a 12-month study in Canada. The analysis covers all healthcare workers in a single health region and is based on 944 lost-time injuries reported by 23,742 workers (equivalent to 13,350 person-years). For patient-care workers, patient-handling activities account for 60% of all musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). Manual handling is responsible for 55% of MSIs in non-patient-care workers.
Occupational Health at Work October/November 2010 (vol. 07/3) pp41