Although ergonomics has only become a “buzzword” in recent years, the practice has been around for centuries – potentially since the days of Ancient Greece. Ergonomics is the study of workers’ use of the machinery of their trade. Its focus is usually on designing machines that people can use efficiently and with minimum wear and tear on their muscles and tendons.
If your job requires repetitive motions such as typing or working with factory machinery, your employer has a responsibility to make sure the equipment you use is not unreasonably harmful. If you believe your workspace is unsafe, and your employer is neglecting to correct the problem, your Iowa lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. may be able to help. Call us today at (515) 705-0233.
Applying Ergonomics in the Workplace
Applied ergonomics is designed to help workers prevent cumulative injuries – damage that is caused gradually by frequently repeated motions. Most of this research focuses on two main areas: practices that workers can use to protect themselves, and safety designs for work equipment. For example, many office workers use keyboards and chairs that have been designed to minimize pressure on the wrists, spine, and other vulnerable areas.
If you have been experiencing joint pain, backaches, or other problems that may be related to your job, you may want to speak to your employer about creating a healthier work environment. There are always steps you can take for your own health, such as minding your posture and making sure you always use equipment as intended.
Unfortunately, employers are not always fully committed to their workers’ health. If you have suffered a cumulative or accident-related injury in the workplace, our Iowa workplace injury attorneys can help you determine which steps to take next.
A workplace injury can affect your health, well-being, and future job prospects. To discuss your grounds for being compensated for losses like these, contact your Iowa workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (515) 705-0233.