From construction workers to those who move heavy objects, fight fires, process food or even work in an office, many workers suffer musculoskeletal injuries while performing their job duties. Moreover, these injuries are often very serious and sometimes require surgery, resulting in months away from work or a permanent inability to return to the workplace. Unfortunately, the emotional and financial toll of these injuries is also staggering.
When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, prevention is key. Sadly, for many workers, an injury has already brought significant physical, emotional and financial hardships into their lives as well as the lives of those they love.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly one-third of work-related injuries and illnesses during 2013 were musculoskeletal disorders. Moreover, these injuries represent a significant portion of injuries that interfere with one’s ability to perform their job duties properly and cause many people to miss work altogether. From rotator cuff injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and lower back injuries, there are various types of musculoskeletal disorders that leave workers sidelined.
Employers and employees can take steps to reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. By assessing risks and potential hazards, implementing effective training programs and encouraging the swift reporting of musculoskeletal disorder symptoms, people can prevent these injuries from displacing more workers. Sadly, it is not always possible to prevent accidents and unexpected injuries, and workers who have suffered a musculoskeletal injury on the job need to explore their legal options.