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Musculoskeletal injuries: Modern day on-the-job injuries

The modern day workplace is significantly different from the workplace of 50 or more years ago. In recent times, there has been a drastic increase in musculoskeletal disorder resulting in on\-the\-job injuries and leading to high costs for employers. California industries are increasingly paying attention to workplace ergonomics to decrease the impact of this modern day workplace injury.

Musculoskeletal injuries may result in repeated surgical intervention, constant pain, an inability to work and consequently losses for a company due to lower productivity. Employers may find that by adjusting the workplace to meet the ergonomic needs of their employees, workplace injuries may decrease and productivity may increase. It has been proven that employees who feel comfortable will remain at their desk for longer periods of time, completing more tasks in a given period.

Employers have a duty to review tasks in terms of ergonomic risk factors. It is estimated that an employer who does a risk assessment of the possibility of physical stresses can reduce serious injuries by 50 percent. It is also important to control possible risk factors by implementing controls to reduce exposure to risk, as well as adjust policies and practices. Lastly, by requiring the use of protective gear, such as back belts and wrist supports, risks of injury can be reduced even more,

It is also important for employers to have a clear understanding of ways in which a work area can meet employees' ergonomic needs. The size and height of work surfaces, as well as the comfort of chairs are factors to consider when it comes to the ergonomic needs of employees. Importantly, employers should consider a variety of ergonomic workstation design principles to eliminate the chances of injuries.

Musculoskeletal on-the-job injuries are usually long lasting and may lead to an inability to work for extended periods. A worker in California who has suffered a workplace injury can file workers' compensation claims. Insurance benefits awarded in a successful workers' compensation claim may assist the injured worker in meeting associated expenses, such as medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as loss of income.

Source:, "Four Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace", James Anderson, Accessed on Aug. 30, 2017

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