Residents of Maryland who work in the retail or wholesale industries may benefit from a recently published report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that offers several tips that could significantly reduce the growing amount of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries, which affect people whose job involves lifting and moving large amounts of stock, freight and other heavy materials, account for about a third of all reported workplace illness and injury cases for 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The common workplace injuries that retail establishment manual laborers experience stem from overstrained muscles, joints and ligaments within their shoulders, arms and lower back area. To lessen these occurrences while increasing business productivity, the report suggests employers should use devices to help workers as they lift and transport goods. This can be especially important for industries heavily involved in transporting large amounts of internet orders, but have only a handful of workers to do the work.