Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2001-111
Farm work is hard work, and farm workers feel the results. Farm workers get backaches and pains in the shoulders, arms, and hands more than any other health problem. A third of the injuries that cause them to miss work are sprains and strains, and a quarter are back injuries. These are also the most common causes of disability.
The technical term for these sprains and strains is “work-related musculoskeletal disorders” (WMSDs). WMSDs hurt! They hurt:
- workers’ bodies
- workers’ earnings
- growers’ profits
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