Workers in hospitals face many challenges. They are exposed to a wide variety of potential infections from diseases that range from common to exotic. They often work rotating schedules and overnight hours. And they have to deal with the stress of literally working in life and death situations.
But for many nurses and orderlies, the greatest danger to their health maybe from what might be dismissed as a simple task; that of moving patients in and out of beds and chairs. Yet this common task can cause severe, debilitating back and spinal injuries leaving nurses and other workers unable to function, forcing them to resort to the workers' compensation system and often leaving them out of a job.