Health care workers are some of the most important and most undervalued employees. Choosing to work as a doctor, nurse or other type of care provider means committing to long hours and high-stress situations, all in order to provide care and healing to others. Workers in these environments, particularly hospital employees, often face higher risks of injury or illness than those in other industries.
Authorities often express their concerns about employers who prioritize profits over employee safety. Business owners sometimes resist spending money to address safety hazards because compliance with some regulations may require high initial expenses. Unfortunately, this is a misperception. Safe workplace environments in which there are limited chances of injuries can avoid the costs of lost hours and workers' compensation claims that will lead to increased insurance premiums.