Training employees to avoid injuries in Pennsylvania workplaces

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2016 | Workplace Injuries

Ergonomics is the study of worker efficiency, but it Is also a field that involves ensuring that people are performing actions correctly. If people are in the habit of performing repetitive actions in the wrong way, such as with bad posture, they put themselves at risk of musculoskeletal disorders, including tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Employees who are properly trained on the types of actions that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders are better able to avoid them. Having employees who understand how to avoid injury can increase a workforce’s productivity and decrease the risk of injury. Actions that are repetitive, that involve awkward postures, contact with a hard surface or strong amounts of vibration may all lead to problems if they are not performed correctly.

When individuals are engaged in types of tasks that are known to lead to problems over time, they should be aware of the risk factors and, if possible, space out or rotate through tasks. To the extent that it is possible, people should also avoid performing tasks in odd or uncomfortable positions. It may also be a good idea for workers to look at their workstations or work areas and see if there might not be ways to improve their process for doing tasks.

When an individual is injured at or due to their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation. These benefits can cover expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. Along with providing benefits for those who have been directly injured, workers’ compensation also provides coverage for people who have had toxic exposure, repetitive stress injuries and who have developed medical conditions. When someone is applying for benefits, a lawyer could explain to them how the process works and what types of compensation to seek.