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What a trucker needs to know about CTS.

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-15a-2008, 2008 Jul; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20044726
Abstract
Chronic injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affect many trucking industry employees. Workers with these injuries experience long-term physical and financial impacts. As seen in the graph below, CTS can be a life-changing injury if it is allowed to progress. These injuries also affect companies in the form of workers' compensation costs and finding or keeping valued employees. What causes CTS? CTS occurs when the median nerve is compressed along its path in the narrow carpal tunnel in the wrist. While there are many causes, high hand force combined with awkward postures or repetitive movements can increase the risk. CTS is a preventable and reversable injury, especially if you catch it in the early stages. What should I do if I suspect CTS? Consult a physician immediately. If treated early, CTS can be reversible. Alter work patterns to reduce forceful pinch and power grips.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscles; Muscle-stress; Extremities; Repetitive-work; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20080729
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Source Name
What a trucker needs to know about CTS
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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