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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.

Ergonomic solutions lead to successful return to work

Returning to work after a major surgery can be stressful for an employee — especially when he or she has specialized job responsibilities and is highly motivated to return to the office. When a setback threatens recovery, employers may want to consider options to help the employee successfully return to work.

Let’s bring ‘yes, we can’ to the workplace

Let’s face it: Sometimes saying “no” is a lot easier than saying “yes.” When it comes to workplace modifications – modifying manual lifting and handling tasks specifically – it’s easy to fall into the “no, we can’t” trap. Far too often, employees who perform tasks at the expense of knees, backs and shoulders fade away into disability when those body parts fail or degenerate.

It’s time to remove barriers to productivity and shift our mind-set to “yes, we can.”

5 steps to proper chair functioning

Are you one of those people who have worked for the same company for many years and have used the same old faithful chair? Have you ever thought that maybe you have become desensitized to the possibility that you are seated on an apparatus that could rival pins and needles, or a contraption seen in one of those grade-B horror films? Or perhaps you even have a newer chair but never bothered to mess will all the knobs and levers.

Either way, the five questions below will help ensure your comfort and safety at your desk.

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