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A Guide to Problems and Solutions

The California Department of Industrial Relations has taken a close look at conditions that lead to worker fatigue and musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) symptoms and injuries.

In a publication called Easy Ergonomics: A Practical Approach For Improving the Workplace, it examines several contributing factors to MSDs and offers some practical solutions.

Among the major causes of worker fatigue and pain are:

  • Awkward postures
  • Repetitive motions
  • Forceful exertions
  • Pressure points (contact between the body and hard or sharp surfaces)
  • Vibration
  • Extreme heat, which increases fatigue
  • Exposing body areas such as hands and feet to cold temperatures, which reduces blood flow, muscle strength and manual dexterity

Several approaches can reduce your likelihood of developing painful MSDs. These include:

  • Varying work duties throughout a shift wherever possible, to reduce physical strain and repetitive motions
  • Adjusting workstation heights, up or down, to reduce awkward postures and lifting distances
  • Exercising
  • Asking for help in moving heavy objects
Bongarde Editorial

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