Pennsylvania employees may be interested in one government agency’s efforts to inform employers about workplace safety. Increases in safety measures for those employees who lift and carry objects can help to avoid serious workplace injury to employees.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a publication focused on teaching retailers and retail employees better ways to reduce workplace injury. Many of these strains and muscle sprains come from improper lifting and carrying of objects. The agency recommends that employees who carry objects use their power zone to reduce the need for bending and lifting. This can be done through the use of devices that assist in lifting, as well as structural changes that store the carried objects in the employees’ power zones.
The agency provides a four-step plan for employers to implement better ergonomic policies to avoid workplace accident and injury. First, employers should look at their injury logs and OSHA records, talk to their employees and observe workers in order to pinpoint any issues. Second, employers should decide which changes are most important and create a prioritized list. Third, employers should implement these ergonomic changes to reduce the risk of worker injury. Finally, evaluations of each change should be done separately in order to gauge their ongoing effectiveness.
When an employee is seriously injured on the job, this can have a serious effect on their ability to continue working. An attorney may be helpful in assisting the worker with filing for workers’ compensation benefits. This can allow the worker to be compensated for lost wages and rehabilitation cost, among other benefits that may be available.
Source: EHS Today, “Working in the â??Power Zoneâ?? (and Other Safe Material Handling Tips for Retailers)“, Josh Cable, December 01, 2014