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What occupations are most at risk for repetitive stress injuries?

| May 10, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Many people in California work physically demanding jobs. Unfortunately, it’s possible for this type of work to cause repetitive stress injuries. These injuries can cause damage to the body’s soft tissues, including tendons and muscles. With that in mind, here’s more information about the jobs that frequently cause repetitive stress injuries.

Industries with the highest risk

While many types of work can cause repetitive stress injuries, some industries are more at risk than others. Certain industries have workers performing many repetitive tasks, increasing their risk of developing repetitive stress injuries. The industries with the highest risk of these injuries are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Health care
  • Office work
  • Construction
  • Food preparation
  • Transportation

How to prevent repetitive stress injuries

One of the most effective ways to prevent these injuries is for an employer to focus on ergonomic training. Ergonomics is the study of having people work safely and efficiently. It’s also imperative for employees to have access to ergonomic equipment, including supportive chairs and backrests. Having adjustable desks in a workplace can also reduce the risk of workers dealing with repetitive stress injuries.

If an employer isn’t doing its part to prevent repetitive stress injuries, an employee may want to consider making a workers’ compensation claim. By scheduling a consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney, a worker can find out if their claim is worth pursuing.

To summarize, repetitive stress injuries remain a problem in workplaces throughout the nation where employees must perform the same tasks continually. Employers can prevent the cost of these injuries and keep workers safe by focusing on ergonomic training and making work-related tasks more comfortable with the right equipment.

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