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Studying common causes of workplace injury

You can suffer from serious back pain in a New Hampshire workplace without having any sort of notable incident. Just sitting in the same position in an uncomfortable chair, day after day, can lead to chronic pain. This is why companies need to use ergonomics programs to study the workplace and reduce the chances of injury.

When using an ergonomics program, companies must look at the workers, their environment, and how the two interact with one another. They can then pinpoint things that lead to pain most often, and they can take steps to eliminate them.

For example, pain could come from doing repetitive motions over and over again, and it could be reduced by cycling workers through different stations, changing their responsibilities, or investing in technology and products that either do the task for the worker or offer support to eliminate pain. Injuries could also come when workers are asked to lift heavy objects, especially when they need to do so multiple times per day, and it could be avoided by investing in hydraulic lifts or changing the process so that lifting isn't needed.

These sound like simple fixes, but the reality is that many bosses and supervisors don't even realize what is causing pain and injury for their workers. They may be too far removed from these daily processes to identify them as threats. In this way, a study can be tremendously helpful in bringing these things to light so that they can be addressed.

Have you been injured in the workplace? If you have, you may be entitled to workers' compensation, and you need to know your rights.

Source: Spine-health, "Ergonomics of the Office and Workplace: An Overview," accessed June 16, 2015

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