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Companies taking steps to keep older workers safe on the job


August 2, 2017

When managers at Bon Secours Virginia Health System started analyzing worker's compensation cases, they noticed a bad combination: Lifting heavy and sicker patients was taking a toll on older nurses.

"We saw an increase in back injuries and older workers were more likely to suffer from those injuries," said Jim Godwin, vice president of human resources. "Not only that but we thought if we can keep workers from sustaining (back) injuries when they are younger, they can continue working longer."

The company put into place a new protocol for moving patients. Nurses can now call in a "patient m...

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