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Ergonomic Injuries in the Workplace

When thinking of workplace injuries, the first thing that may come to mind is slip-and-falls or construction accidents. However, there is an entirely separate collection of injuries that often go unnoticed. These injuries are called musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or ergonomic injuries. They are injuries that occur when someone repeats physical tasks on a day-to-day basis. Some repetitive tasks that may lead to an ergonomic injury include typing, bending, lifting heavy objects, or even sitting in a chair all day. Since ergonomic injuries affect employees from many occupations, it is important to incorporate ergonomics in all work settings. Utilizing ergonomic tactics help employees avoid the long-term pain that comes with MSDs.

What are Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)?

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries that may affect multiple parts of the body, including muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels. They tend to occur when the body participates in repetitive physical labor or sustained postures. Ergonomic injuries include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica

Signs and Symptoms of Ergonomic Injuries

Since ergonomic injuries affect employees from various occupations, it is important for people to be aware of the symptoms. Recognizing these symptoms will help employees take the necessary steps to avoid MSDs, which include:

  • Range of motion loss
  • Back pain
  • Finger numbness
  • Thigh numbness
  • Muscle cramping or discomfort

How to Avoid Ergonomic Injuries in the Workplace

It is important that employees find ways to avoid repetitive physical labor or sustained postures. The best way to avoid MSDs in the workplace is to adjust the workplace environment to cater to the body of the employee. The following techniques are meant to improve posture, release physical strain, and stretch the body.

  • Wear supportive shoes to help posture and avoid back pain.
  • Alternate tasks to avoid repetitive physical movement.
  • Take a walk or practice light exercises when the body feels tight. This will loosen the body and help break free from repetitive movement.
  • Place computer monitors at eye level to avoid excessive neck bending.
  • Relax the muscles to avoid straining and stiffness.
  • Invest in ergonomic office chairs, keyboards, and footrests.

Implementing changes in the workplace can increase productivity and avoid lost work time. It will also help employees avoid the long-term pain that comes with musculoskeletal disorders.

Delaware County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help Clients Obtain the Compensation They Deserve

If you or someone you know experienced a workplace injury, consider contacting the Delaware County workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. We help our clients obtain the compensation they are entitled for their injuries. Contact us online for a free consultation or call us at (610) 892-4940 today. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding areas, including Delaware County, Media, and West Chester.

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From our office located in Media, PA we serve the surrounding areas of

  • Bucks County
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Including but not limited to
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