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How do musculoskeletal disorders occur at work?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2017 | Workplace Accidents |

In the workplace, there may be a variety of hazards that you have to watch out for. For example, if you work in construction sites, you may need to be mindful of falling debris, the risk of electrocution, and other dangers that are present on job sites. However, musculoskeletal disorders, which can occur as a result of repetitive strain, are a serious problem for some workers in Staten Island and across New York.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are various reasons why musculoskeletal disorders happen in the workplace. For example, some workers may sustain an injury due to working in an awkward or unnatural position, repeating the same tasks too much (such as bending over frequently or typing for long periods), trying to lift a heavy object and pulling or pushing something which is extremely heavy.

In fact, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 33 percent of worker illnesses and injuries which occurred in 2013 were due to these disorders. When an employee suffers from a musculoskeletal disorder, he or she may be unable to continue working, experience devastating financial problems due to medical costs, and be in a great deal of physical pain.

As a result, it is critical for workers who are facing these obstacles to examine their options, such as workers’ compensation. In fact, many workers who have been left with these difficulties after sustaining an illness or injury at work have been able to turn things around thanks to workers’ comp benefits.



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