Avoiding Injuries Caused by Repetitive Work
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the nations most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers' compensation payouts. Repetitive work involves manual activities that require constant repetition of similar movements. Typical examples of repetitive work include:
Injuries that occur typically affect muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, and can cause numbness, tingling and loss of muscle strength. The causes of repetitive motion injuries are:
Since small changes in body position can be very effective when trying to reduce strain, it is usually the most effective way to reduce repetitive motion injuries. Position changes can be made by using different tools, adjusting work-table height or by simply making workers more aware of the ideal body positioning. Below are some tips for helping employees avoid repetitive work strains:
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