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Recurring pain can lead to disabling injuries.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-15-2008, 2008 Jul; :1
Recurring pain, numbness or tingling can signal the beginning of a serious injury. An important part of preventing these injuries is to respond to symptoms early, before they develop into a condition that keeps you from working. How to prevent these injuries. Employees - Report symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling or swelling. Let your employer know about any regular or constant pain that you feel is related to your job. Then talk to your doctor. Deal with symptoms early before they become serious and potentially develop into a painful, disabling condition. Active rehabilitation while continuing to work is important. Get your physician's okay first! Employers - Show company commitment to safety. Develop a method for employees to report symptoms early. When symptoms are reported, adjusting the way work is done can prevent a more serious injury from developing. Keep injured workers on salary and provide light-duty, meaningful work while they recover. This contributes to a positive safety culture.
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
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
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