Posted On: November 26, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Ergonomic Injuries Account for 29% of Work Injuries Requiring Time Off to Recover

According to the US. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 333,760 musculoskeletal disorder work injury cases requiring a median nine days off from work. While there were 23,400 less MSD cases in 2007 than in 2006, MSDs, also called ergonomic injuries, continue to be a leading cause of work injuries. Other terms used to refer to MSDs include cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), repetitive motion injury (RMI), and repetitive stress injury (RSI).

Examples of ergonomic injuries include illnesses or injuries affecting the body’s tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, cartilage, tendons, or spinal discs. Symptoms may include, joint soreness, back issues, and pain in the arms, neck, or shoulders.

Ergonomic issues impact workers in most fields. Common causes of MSDs include:

• Repetitive tasks
• Heavy lifting
• Incorrect posture
• Work areas that are not ergonomic-friendly
• Improper lifting

Cumulative exposure to such risk factors can cause MSDs and eventually lead to traumatic injury, including disability. MSDs can impair the workers’ ability to do their job, perform normal physical tasks, or maintain a life that is pain- or discomfort- free.

Employers are supposed to make sure that their workers’ environment are set up to protect employees from sustaining MSDs. Steps should also be taken to make workers aware of bad habits they may be engaging in that could increase their chances of ergonomic injuries.

In Illinois, most workers with ergonomic-related injuries are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Pain Game: Preventing MSDs, Incident Prevention

Related Web Resource:
Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders, CDC

Contact Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorney Steve Malman to discuss your Illinois work accident case.

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