Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hand Tools

5 min read In October of 2014, Wayne Farms poultry plant of Jack, Alabama, was cited for numerous violations including exposing workers to musculoskeletal hazards such as carpal tunnel syndrome. OSHA proposed fines of more than $100,000. While this fine is quite hefty, musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace are not uncommon. Poultry and other food processing workers regularly face musculoskeletal hazards, as they often perform repetitive motions for many hours each day. These problems have become so common that …

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Observing Posture to Improve Ergonomics

ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders

5 min read Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) occur frequently in the workplace and in 2011 accounted for a third of all injuries and illnesses reported, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries result in time away from work and lost productivity, which significantly impact employers in addition to employees. In 2009, MSDs cost businesses in the U.S. $12.75 billion in direct costs (medical bills, workers’ compensation payments). That number doesn’t even include the indirect costs related to training …

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