Aug 21, 2019
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common amongst many construction safety workers across the globe and indeed across many industries within major capital projects; though, operators in manufacturing environments are especially exposed to acquiring these injuries due to many circumstances specific to their profession. Heavy lifting, bending, cumbersome conditions, reaching overhead, pushing or pulling heavy loads, and repetitive motions put the body at risk of a severe injury on the job. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 out of every 1,000 construction operators experience a musculoskeletal problem or malady.
These injuries have an important influence on productivity in safety culture, construction worker absenteeism, and healthcare expenses. Across all industrial industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration predicts that employers contribute up to $20 billion each year on personal costs related to MSDs, with indirect losses due to lost productivity and turnover far surpassing that number.
As of 2017, MSDs were listed among the foremost contributors to overall health services spending increases. As additional proof of the influence of this problem, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that among injuries and ailments causing days away from employment in manufacturing, oil and gas, and construction projects, MSDs accounted for 34% of all cases for the entire workforce.
Whether workers develop back discomfort, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any assortment of other musculoskeletal dysfunctions, organizations must take proactive measures to both anticipate and alleviate these problems to protect the health of both their workforce and also their bottom line. By enhancing ergonomics in the organizational environment, manufacturers can approach many of the root causes of MSDs between their workers.
While the dangers implicit in manufacturing plants are not easy to decrease, there are steps companies can take to help protect their workers from acquiring MSDs and supporting those with pains return to employment much quicker. To enhance ergonomics within oil and gas, and manufacturing plants, here are a few suggested approaches and best practices to contemplate:
Executing these procedures not only stops new injuries from happening but can also assist operators with current MSDs, enhancing turnaround time to return to employment and alleviating the otherwise harmful consequences on productivity and costs.
Dr. Raffi Terzian, M.D., MPH | Aug 21, 2019 - Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common among all Americans; however, employees in manufacturing settings are especially vulnerable to developing these injuries due to a number of factors specific to their occupation. Heavy lifting, bending, awkward postures, reaching overhead, pushing or pulling heavy loads, and repetitive tasks are all risk factors, which increases the chance of injury on the job. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 out of every 10,000 manufacturing workers experience a musculoskeletal issue or disorder.
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