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Reducing muscle-related injuries in the workplace

Residents of Maryland who work in the retail or wholesale industries may benefit from a recently published report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that offers several tips that could significantly reduce the growing amount of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries, which affect people whose job involves lifting and moving large amounts of stock, freight and other heavy materials, account for about a third of all reported workplace illness and injury cases for 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The common workplace injuries that retail establishment manual laborers experience stem from overstrained muscles, joints and ligaments within their shoulders, arms and lower back area. To lessen these occurrences while increasing business productivity, the report suggests employers should use devices to help workers as they lift and transport goods. This can be especially important for industries heavily involved in transporting large amounts of internet orders, but have only a handful of workers to do the work.

The agency has provided directions for employers to use in creating a safe workplace environment that can effectively decrease the amount of workplace injuries, including helpful information on how manual laborers can handle empty containers in a better way. It will hopefully encourage employers to make improvements on the most dangerous job tasks, to interact with employees, to oversee the work that is being done and to utilize assessment tools for reviewing the effectiveness of their efforts.

People who suffer an on-the-job injury or illness have a right to receive workers' compensation benefits, but some face obstacles in obtaining those benefits. Perhaps they have been denied the benefits because the claim was filed incorrectly or after the deadline, or because the employer is disputing the claim. In such cases, an attorney may be able to assist an injured worker to obtain the maximum amount of benefits possible.

Source: EHS Today, "Working in the ‘Power Zone’ (and Other Safe Material Handling Tips for Retailers)", Josh Cable, December 01, 2014

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