Massachusetts Looks to Reduce Public Worker Job Injuries

March 26, 2014

About 3,000 state employees experienced job-related injuries from 2010 to 2012 serious enough to require time off, while four workers lost their lives.

That’s one of the findings of a special advisory committee charged with gauging workplace risks and dangers for public employees in Massachusetts.

The committee found some of the top causes for workplace injuries included assaults, falls from heights and lifting injuries.

Health and human service workers and correction officers were at the highest risk of assault while transportation workers and state police officers were at a significant risk of being struck by cars.

Maintenance personnel and equipment operators faced other serious risk including electrocution, falls and the use of heavy equipment.

One of the committee’s recommendations is the creation of a new training and enforcement program using federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

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