Improve Ergonomics to Reduce Worker Strain Injuries

Office ergonomics affects workers in industries as diverse as construction, health care, manufacturing, retail and the public sector. It comes into play whenever soft-tissue strain results from improper or repetitive body movements, as well as lack of motion.

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What to Do
Working over long periods of time in awkward postures without taking breaks can greatly increase your employees’ risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Proper workstation setup and layout, good fit with a quality task chair and posture changes throughout the day are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Reorganizing work so employees can stand and walk every 30 to 45 minutes, for example, is a no-cost approach to reduce the effects of sitting in a static posture.
What Not to Do
Look for these common awkward postures at your employees’ workstations and inform workers of these risk factors for injury:
• Working in a seated, static position for more than 30 minutes without standing or walking.
• Sitting so far forward in a chair that the back is unsupported or, worse, slouching forward over the keyboard.
• Working with elbows extended in front of the body, which creates muscle tension in the upper back.
• Cradling the phone for long periods while performing keyboard/mouse work.
• Entering data from a document that is face down on the desk, requiring awkward neck flexion or twisting.
• Placing contact stress on soft tissues, such as resting wrists on a hard, sharp desktop edge while using a computer mouse.

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Helpful Resources to Enhance Safe Driving By Your Employees

Millions of workers drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs. And, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S. The type of company or job doesn’t matter; the risk is there. Protect your organization’s most valuable asset — your employees — by promoting safe driving practices. The following 10 safe driving practices can significantly reduce the risks faced by workers when they drive on the job.

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1. Inspect the vehicle. Check the lights, gauges, brakes, horn, tires, windshield wipers, fluids, belts and mirrors.

2. Secure cargo such as tools and other equipment.

3. Buckle up. A seatbelt reduces risk of death by 45 percent in cars and by 60 percent in light trucks.

4. Drive defensively.

5. Avoid distractions. Put down the cell phone and do not text.

6. Don’t wear headphones or earbuds while driving.

7. Avoid impairment.

8. Avoid aggressive driving.

9. Maintain a safe distance between moving vehicles and slow down during inclement weather.

10.Take security measures. Carry vehicle information at all times, secure the vehicle and avoid parking lots with poor lighting or sightlines.

 

Pinnacol Resources

Visit Pinnacol’s Safety Services page on defensive driving. The many resources on this webpage for policyholders include a sample driving and traffic violation policy, defensive driving quizzes, a vehicle safety checklist, a seatbelt safety poster, a short defensive driving video and additional tools and tips to enhance the motor vehicle safety of your employees. Also, call Pinnacol’s Safety On Call hotline at 303-361-4700 or 888-501- 4752. Our Safety Services team stands ready to answer questions and help keep your workers safe behind the wheel

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