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Ergonomic Injuries

Identify and describe a scenario that involves an ergonomic injury and determine guidelines to prevent further injuries in the work setting. Be sure to explain how the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration's criteria for ergonomic injuries might apply to the scenario.

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A scenario that involves an ergonomic injury is as follows: An individual works in a warehouse for a lawn and garden supplier, and this individual receives a worksheet each day detailing the number of bags of fertilizer and shrubbery bark that must be unloaded from the trucks and properly placed on the shelves of the warehouse. Each of these bags weighs approximately 50 pounds, and in a given 8 to 12 hour workday this individual may have to place up to 200 of these bags on the shelves located within the warehouse. After working in this job for a number of months, this individual suffers a lower back injury due to the overuse of these muscles and joints, and the highly repetitive forceful exertion of these muscles.

The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's criteria ...