People employed in the health care industry in Tennessee, especially those who directly deliver patient care, experience a very high rate of workplace injury and illness. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has calculated that patient caregivers are injured at nearly double the rate of construction workers.
Safety experts have also identified outright violence in the workplace as a threat. Of the over 18 million people employed in the health care sector, the overwhelming majority are female. Women are more vulnerable to attacks from patients, visitors and co-workers, especially when they are in remote areas of a large building or when staff levels are low.