How ergonomics can protect employees from musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries in the workplace.
The Washington Post published a fascinating story about “text neck” and how it’s leading to problems with the cervical spine. Researchers say that staring at a smartphone with poor posture can sometimes lead to early wear-and-tear, degeneration, and even surgery.
This article made us think about technology in the workplace. We are all guilty of staring at small screens for hours at a time and sitting in uncomfortable positions. Factory workers are no strangers to repetitive work activities.
Musculoskeletal disorders are on the rise from working in awkward positions. These affect people’s neck, low back, and extremities. This is caused by injury to muscles, nerves, and tendons. Pain can interfere with the ability to work.
We are also seeing more people with repetitive strain injuries caused by the overuse of hands and arms. These include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain’s Syndrome, Trigger finger, Tendonitis, or Tenosynovitis. An individual might develop a disability in his or her hands, fingers, arms or wrists. Symptoms could include burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain.
Most people thinks workers’ compensation just covers a specific traumatic injury. Occupational diseases are also compensable under Michigan law. Medical treatment and lost wages are just some of the available benefits.
The importance of ergonomics — fitting a job to a person — cannot be overstated. It can help reduce fatigue and lessen the chance of injury. The Mayo Clinic has some excellent tips for giving your work space a makeover. The best way to avoid workers’ compensation is by not getting hurt in the first place.
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OSHA: Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace