How to Avoid Common Ergonomic and Repetitive Stress Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), adapting tasks, workstations, tools, and equipment to fit the employee can help reduce stress on the body and eliminate potentially harmful workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Every year, MSDs account for more than $15 billion in workers’ compensation costs. It is up to the employer to ensure they are creating a safe office space.
MSD problems can result from the following: repetitive movements, sitting in awkward positions or straining your neck because a screen isn’t correctly placed, and static postures with little breaks to stretch the muscles.
OSHA provided an eTool to educate on healthy ways to reduce ergonomic injuries in the office space. Some solutions are the following:
- Make sure the chair, keyboard, and monitor are in a straight line with your body;
- Use an adjustable keyboard tray to position your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable height, placing the mouse and keyboard as close as possible to your body to avoid reaching;
- Maintain a relaxed, neutral posture and sit up straight to provide firm back support;
- Allow your arms to hang loosely at the shoulders;
- Keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle while typing;
- Adjust the chair’s height so that your feet are firmly on the ground.
Many people don’t realize how debilitating a repetitive motion injury can be until they suffer one. Workers can find it difficult or impossible to return to the job until they’ve healed, and some might find that they can never perform those functions the same way again. If you’ve developed a condition due to repetitive motions on the job, you could be entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits from your employers’ insurance policy. Securing this compensation is not always simple or straightforward however.
Contact a New York Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you’ve suffered a RSI while at work in New York, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Schedule your free consultation by calling us at (212) 779-0057 or by reaching out online today.