Preventing musculoskeletal conditions: Part 2, manual material handling

What do you do when you occasionally need a couple of strong backs to move a 200-pound portable generator to a different part of the warehouse? What about the pallet of boxes that weigh 75 pounds each? The Council for Disability Awareness’ Long Term Disability Claims Review listed musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders as the leading case of new disability claims in 2012. This can include injuries as a result of improper lifting techniques, which can result in cartilage sprains, spine and joint disorders, and herniated or degenerated disks.

Preventing musculoskeletal conditions: Part 1, office settings

The Council for Disability Awareness listed musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders as the leading case of new disability claims in 2012. This includes such conditions and diseases as arthritis, back pain and tendinitis.


Managing back pain in industrial and office settings

In my first post on working with back pain, I talked about ways to help assess the employee’s situation and better understand his or her limitations. But once you have a grasp on how the back pain affects the employee’s ability to do work, how do you make accommodations to the employee’s work environment or job duties? There are no “one-size-fits-all” answers, but asking questions and regularly following up with the employee can lead to a more successful job accommodation.

Six questions to assess back pain

What do you do when an employee comes to you requesting accommodations because of back pain? Then, what do you do if the employee’s doctor does not give you the information you need to identify suitable, job-relevant accommodations? What are some common effective accommodations? These are some of the questions I hear regularly when working with employees and employers to accommodate back pain. In this post, I will explore ways to address these questions and begin to consider accommodations for employees.

Ergonomic products I wish I had invented

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m an ergo-nerd. I spend a lot of time thinking about products and devices that help people do everyday tasks more easily at home or at the office. In fact, I even have a short list of favorite tools for an injury or chronic pain.

10 ways to avoid laptop torture on the go

If you use a laptop on a regular basis like a lot of people, I have two questions for you. Where are you when you use your laptop (on the couch, in a hotel room, at a coffee house, in bed, on an airplane)? What is the most common position you’re in (sitting up, lounging back, sitting cross-legged on the floor)?

Now think about what those positions and locations can do to your body.

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