A Safe Patient Handling Conference is planned in another state, but nurse aids, nurses, orderlies, physical therapists, occupational therapists and emergency medical technicians in California face similar risks and deserve the same attention. Reportedly health care workers nationwide file more claims for musculoskeletal injuries and chronic back pain than workers in any other industry. Safety authorities say the primary cause for lost workdays and benefits claims is unsafe handling of patients, and this will be the focus of the conference.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act. The goal of this law is to provide better protection for firefighters nationwide who are only too familiar with the threats posed by wildfires, and it will also limit workers' compensation claims. Authorities say that 14,000 firefighters battled fires in California during the past summer. Although wildfires in California are not unusual, five firefighters lost their lives during fires over the past year.