An Unexpectedly Dangerous Industry

When people think about dangerous industries, they likely think about oil fields, ports, manufacturing facilities and construction. According to, however, healthcare is one of the most dangerous jobs out there. On top of that, healthcare workers don’t receive quite the same level of oversight that workers in other industries do from agencies such as OSHA. In fact, in 2010, there were 74,950 injuries or illnesses in the construction industry that resulted in workers having to take time off work. Contrast that with healthcare, which reported a staggering 176,380 such injuries and illnesses.

According to the reporting, part of the problem may have to do with the amount of time that oversight agencies spend on the healthcare industry. As an example of this, OSHA inspected in excess of 52,000 construction sites during the year 2010. Contrast that with healthcare facility inspections, which numbered only 2500 in total for the same year.

Not Quite Equivalent

One thing to keep in mind, as the article points out, is that construction workers are more likely to actually be killed in their jobs than are healthcare workers. Another factor may play into the lack of oversight, as well.

As the article points out, there is been a major shift in the employment sector from construction and manufacturing jobs to healthcare jobs over the years. An expert quoted in the article noted that OSHA hasn’t been able to keep up with the changes in the workplace environment, which may contribute to some of the lack of oversight.