Posted November 17, 2018 06:13:04 A new study published in the journal PNAS found that care workers are just as likely to be involved in accidental deaths as non-care workers.
Care workers are not only more likely to die in accidents, but also more likely than non-work related fatalities, the study found.
The study, led by the University of Florida and published online by the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked at more than 7,000 care workers from over 70 countries.
The researchers found that about one-third of care workers were involved in an accidental death within the previous year.
Of those, nearly a quarter of them were involved at some point during their careers.
Care worker deaths are the second leading cause of occupational injury death in the United States, behind motor vehicle crashes, the researchers found.
Careworkers are among the most vulnerable workers, as they are at greater risk of exposure to harmful chemicals and contaminants, and have higher levels of risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to the study.
The care workers study also looked at data on deaths of careworkers by their employer, the health care industry and other causes.
The findings showed that a significant proportion of care worker deaths were due to their employer.
For example, care workers in the hospitality and catering industries were three times more likely as nonworking caregivers to be killed in an accident, the report said.
Careworker deaths were a major contributor to the total number of care-related deaths in the industry.
The authors also found that caregivers who died while performing tasks for their employers were more likely, and in some cases, were more severely injured, compared to noncare workers, who died at a higher rate.
The finding has implications for efforts to prevent care workers deaths.
In the next few years, many companies and governments have implemented policies to protect workers from the dangers of care work.
The International Labour Organization and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child have made it clear that care work is inherently dangerous, and therefore should be avoided.
“Careworkers have been the target of a major effort by the industry to reduce their exposure to hazardous conditions and unsafe working conditions, and the study indicates that this effort may have been effective,” study author and UF assistant professor of public health Nicholas D. Matson said in a press release.
“While this study does not directly link the industry’s efforts to reduce workplace hazards with care worker mortality, it provides some evidence to suggest that care worker exposure to toxic substances is an important contributor to their risk of occupational disease and injury.”
The study also found an association between care worker death and other forms of occupational-related injuries and illnesses, including heart disease and stroke.
The health care workers who died were among the oldest workers in their professions, and their risk for serious diseases was higher than nonworking care workers.
“The increased risk of death among care workers was also higher than that among noncareworkers, who also had a higher risk of all-cause mortality,” the researchers said.
“In addition, care worker injuries were more severe, including in the case of heart failure, stroke, respiratory disease and diabetes.
This suggests that the risk of injury in care workers is similar to that in noncarers, suggesting that this increase in injury is likely to have an effect on the overall mortality risk of care and related occupations.”
The researchers recommend that health care and other sectors of the economy work to increase safety standards for workers.
They also said that care and labor organizations, including the U.S. Congress, should take immediate action to prevent the deaths of their workers.