Ergonomics to Reduce Work-Related Injuries in Charlotte and Elsewhere

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys have been discussing recently the National Safety Council (NSC) and its push for National Safety Month through the entire month of June.

During this entire month, officials with the NSC will be discussing small moves that workers can take to help to improve their health and fitness and to reduce the risks of accidents on the job. We’ve already talked about Employee Wellness, which was the first week’s topic of the safety campaign.

That campaign was held from the 3d through the 9th. Now we will be discussing Ergonomics. Ergonomics is designing the job environment to fit an employee and it is important to take this into consideration not only at work, but also at home. It’s important that you take all of the proper safety steps to make sure that a job function is not taking its toll or damaging your body.
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By learning to work ergonomically correct, we can all help to help to prevent conditions, like overexertion, that lead to work injuries in Charlotte and elsewhere. Ergonomic conditions are disorders of the soft tissues, specifically of the ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, spinal discs, blood vessels, cartilage and joints. These injuries tend to sneak up on workers and it’s important to catch them early, before it’s too late. Injuries from these problems can result from a number of work conditions.

These conditions are oftentimes caused by factors such as:

-Temperature extremes.

-Resting on sharp corners or edges.

-Vibration.

-Using excessive force.

-Sitting or standing too long in the same position.

-Working in awkward positions.

-Repetitive motions.

-Overexertion while pushing, pulling, lowering, lifting, reaching or stretching.

Injuries from these conditions are serious and can be prevented with a little bit of knowledge and awareness. These injuries happen to many workers across the county each and every year. They can result from working on an assembly line, from typing at a computer all day or even from using heavy equipment. Workers are also urged to be careful at home, too. Injuries from poor ergonomics can result from repetitive motions when playing video games, helping someone move, home repair and even sewing. Be sure to keep an eye on ergonomics in all scenarios to help to reduce you risks of an injury. Remember, these injuries are completely preventable.

Signs of ergonomic conditions:

-Tenderness.

-Tingling.

-Numbness.

-Swelling.

-Pain.

-Loss of grip strength.

-Clicking.

If you feel any of these symptoms, you’re urged to visit your personal physician or your occupational physician immediately. You don’t want to wait too long. Catch these signs early to help to prevent a potentially permanent injury or condition.

Every year, there are more than 3 million visits to emergency rooms across the country because of overexertion. As a matter of fact, it’s the third leaving cause for E.R. visits.

Common injuries from poor ergonomic designs:

-Chronic back pain.

-Trigger finger.

-Tennis elbow.

-Ganglion cysts.

-Carpal tunnel syndrome.

-Strains.

-Sprains.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related accident in Charlotte, Rock Hill or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the Compensation Attorneys here at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Work Accidents in Greenville Reduced by Random Inspections, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, May 30, 2012

Rising Temps Increasing Risks of Heat-Related Work Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, May 15, 2012

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