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If and when an accident does occur, return-to-work programs and light-duty options emphasize the healing power of work and help to make sure that the employee feels valued and taken care of. If and when an accident does occur, return-to-work programs and light-duty options emphasize the healing power of work and help to make sure that the employee feels valued and taken care of. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nursing homes and healthcare facilities have some of the highest injury rates in the country, and subsequently, some of the highest rates of workers compensation claims.  A review published in the American Journal of Public Health found that the healthcare industry ranks highly with construction, trucking and meatpacking in nonfatal injuries reported. What’s more, the injuries healthcare employees can suffer range from costly (in cases like chronic low back pain from lifting) to catastrophic (in cases like bloodborne infections and workplace violence).  

Maintaining a safety culture with employee buy-in is key to almost any business’s risk management strategy, but in healthcare, it can truly pay dividends. Below are three ways in which administrators and business owners in the healthcare industry can profit by keeping an eye on their workers’ comp claims and taking an active approach to preventing personal and mass violence in the workplace.

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