Workplace injuries can occur in any type of environment. Although many people believe that injuries are more common among those who are physically active at work, injuries can occur even in the office environment. The National Safety Council found that about 33 percent of all injuries are a result of overexertion.
Ergonomics is used to help reduce some of the injuries a worker commonly encounters. When thinking of ergonomics, many people think of setting up an office workspace to avoid strain on the arms or neck. Ergonomics can also assist workers perform any type of work that involves repetitive movement or movement that involves risk. There are now back and wrist braces that employees can wear to help reduce the possibility of injury.
Ergonomics is known as the applied science of designing and arranging things to interact most efficiently and safely. This practice can be carried out anywhere. Some employees have standing desks as an ergonomic benefit to address musculoskeletal injuries. This is where the computer monitor, table, keyboard, and mouse are arranged so that the employee can stand while working instead of sitting in a chair. This can also address back pain or other issues.
While ergonomics can address many issues and reduce injuries at work, it cannot solve every injury. There is inherent risk involved in utilizing ergonomic equipment. Employees who use specialized equipment must first be trained on how best to utilize the equipment and when. If employees do not know when or how to use ergonomic policies or equipment, then it can lead to greater injuries.
If an employee has a ramp at the base of their box truck and it is intended to be deployed so that items can be wheeled in and out of the truck more easily with a hand truck, the employee must understand how to deploy the ramp. Additionally, the employee must understand how to use the hand truck on the ramp and how much weight can be handled. If the employee does not know the proper way to deploy these pieces of equipment and understand their limitations and risks, they could cause more injury than benefit. Therefore, it is important for employers to conduct trainings, education, and make accessing ergonomics as simple as possible.
If you suffered injury due to an accident at work, the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP can help assist you with your claim and address your concerns. Call us today at 215-512-1500 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.