Many Texas residents would be surprised to learn that nurses incur a higher rate of on-the-job injuries each year than law enforcement officers, miners or construction workers. While the injuries suffered by nurses are rarely life-threatening, they can be painful and slow to heal. The American health care industry employs over 18 million people and is the nation's fastest growing sector, and many of its workers must cope daily with emotional stress, the cumulative toll of physically demanding tasks and even threats of physical violence.
When Texas employers do not make workplace safety a priority, their employees are put at risk every time they go to work. It has been estimated that more than 6,000 people are killed at their jobs each day around the world. Unsafe work conditions not only result in injuries and deaths, they also cause legal problems for employers.