Health care workers face many job-related injuries in Homestead and across Florida, but nurses are among the workers that seem to suffer the most. Nurses report about 35,000 back injuries and other serious injuries each year, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This group of workers suffers more back and related injuries than construction workers and every other type of worker.
The biggest workplace injury risk for Homestead and Florida patients is the lifting and moving of patients. According to NPR, part of the problem may be that nursing students are taught to lift patients while keeping their backs straight and bending the knees – a posture that can lead to injury.