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Repetitive job injuries among warehouse employees

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2023 | Workers Compensation

Working in a warehouse comes with many risks, from strenuous physical activity to dangerous working conditions. Unfortunately, one of the most common injuries affecting this industry is due to repetitive job tasks. 

From frequently lifting heavy objects to repeated bending and twisting throughout the day, these tasks can cause strains and sprains that can have long-term effects, including chronic pain. 

How do repetitive job injuries occur?

Working in a warehouse can be arduous, with some workers having to repeat the same motion repeatedly each day. It’s no surprise how common it can be for workers to pick up repetitive job injuries such as sprains, strains, tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome that can reduce productivity.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they’re particularly prevalent in the warehousing industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)has regulations that help warehouse workers avoid common job-related injuries. With the right safety measures, these injuries can be significantly minimized. Proper training and frequent review of safe work practices are important to ensure employees follow established guidelines and have the skills required for their roles. 

Additionally, properly designed tools, equipment, and safety guards should be used to reduce injury risks. Other methods, such as periodic breaks, can also help minimize the chances of repetitive job injuries by providing an opportunity to rest muscles and avoid exhaustion. 

Unfortunately, repetitive job injuries can mean a lengthy absence from work. Therefore, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the best way to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses, physical therapy and lost income.