Think your technology firm’s employees aren’t likely to get injured on the job? Think again. More than half of all workplace injuries are related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – musculoskeletal injuries that are common among those who engage in such repetitive motion activities as typing on a computer keyboard or working on a manufacturing assembly line.
“It’s easy for technology firms to overlook workplace safety issues,” says Toby Levy, Technology Industry manager, the Hartford. “Just because this is not a traditionally high-hazard industry does not mean that it’s risk free.”
Long days hunched over keyboards, or on the assembly line endlessly snapping in the same part, can lead to cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and lower back aliments. In fact, nearly 60 percent of employees doing computer work say the have wrist pain. Here are some other common complaints:
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