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Manufacturing jobs could cause repetitive injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

The manufacturing industry encompasses many different work environments and professional duties. “Manufacturing jobs” may refer to anything from working on a vehicle or aeronautics assembly line to handling duties at an Arizona bakery. No matter what type of manufacturing work a person performs, the tasks might be repetitive, leading to repetitive motion injuries.

Manufacturing and repetitive motion troubles

When someone performs the same actions repeatedly, the strain could cause problems with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and more. For example, a worker who repeatedly performs manual assembly labor might suffer problems in the wrists or other joints. The injuries may be temporary, although some workers could suffer permanent disabilities due to the harm inflicted.

Manufacturing industry managers may take steps to reduce the potential for such injuries. Providing adequate breaks could help, as would giving workers quality equipment. Employers who automate some aspects of the work could alleviate some physical stress. Even routine training sessions may give workers an idea about how to avoid some harm.

Workers compensation delivers some assistance

Despite taking precautions, there may come a time when a worker suffers a repetitive motion injury. Problems with the shoulder, back, or elbow could require surgery and rehab to address, meaning the person might be out of work for several weeks. Hopefully, workers’ compensation benefits may help victims cover expenses while recovering.

Filing for workers’ compensation might be more difficult than some assume, and some claims may end up wrongfully denied. An appeals process could reverse an initial denial, but doing so may require providing a clear case the denial was in the wrong. Submitting appropriate evidence the first time may lead to the claim receiving an approval smoothly.