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More movement at work will lower workers' compensation claims

The average worker in New Hampshire would rather be employed by a company that is safety and health conscious. No worker wants to become disabled due to a work injury and have to rely on the receipt of workers' compensation benefits. Therefore, both conscientious business owners and their workers support the introduction of safety and health measures that will reduce the numbers of work-related injuries and deaths.

Modern medical knowledge advises that one of the biggest causes of major health conditions like cancer, cardiac disease, diabetes and other conditions is the sedentary lifestyle that people experience today. A few of the other conditions that medical experts associate with constant sitting are brain deterioration, bone problems and digestive conditions. Constant sitting at work is contributing to the problem and is a factor in increasing the numbers of workplace injuries and workers' compensation claims.

Many doctors now suggest that sitting is more dangerous than smoking. Employers can make simple and inexpensive changes that will reduce their employee health care expenses. The employer should assure that those sitting at work stations be given several breaks to get up and move around each day. There should be encouragement of personal contact with co-workers instead of remaining seated and sending emails. Some companies have implement treadmill workstations, and sit-stand desks are also popular in some industries. 

Most employers, including in New Hampshire, have not yet addressed this medical problem because it is just now receiving its true extent of credibility due to new scientific studies. Workplace injuries of all kinds will unfortunately continue to occur. When a worker suffers a disabling injury at work that is not properly accommodated and compensated through workers' compensation, the worker will do best to immediately consult with an experienced workers' comp attorney.

Source:, "Get workers moving to reduce workplace injuries", Nancy Grover, Jan. 2, 2018

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