A recent survey shows that personal support workers (PSW) in Sudbury are in crisis.

The results are alarming and should be a warning sign to anyone who employs PSWs, says Reggie Caverson, the executive director of Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin, which conducted the survey.

Nearly 80 PSWs in Greater Sudbury answered the survey and many of them feel undervalued, underpaid and overworked, said Caverson.

According to the survey, close to 90 per cent reported dealing with difficult clients and 54 per cent said they’ve been injured while at work. Caverson says the survey also showed that many PSWs deal with safety issues, heavy workloads and verbal abuse.