NIOSH Acts To Prevent Lifting Injuries For Home Healthcare Workers

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Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman, from Jon L Gelman LLC, a law firm in New Jersey. It addresses yet another workplace danger for healthcare workers, this time for home healthcare workers, but I suspect some of the same issues can be found in almost any healthcare setting. I have written and posted others’ blogs about how challenging jobs can be for healthcare workers and how the work they do can be taken for granted. And I spend so much time talking about workplace safety because a safer workplace can often decrease workers’ compensation claims, and most importantly, keep workers safe. Because I don’t want healthcare professionals to sacrifice their own health because they’re taking care of others’ loved ones.

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH has published educational information to prevent musculoskeletal injuries at work. Injuries caused by ergonomic factors have been a major issue of the Federal government for decades and have been the basis for repetitive trauma motion claims for workers’ compensation benefits. While the Clinton-Democratic administration had advocated strongly for ergonomic regulations, the Bush-Republican administration took action to reject the reporting of ergonomic injuries to OSHA.

A work-related musculoskeletal disorder is an injury of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, cartilage, bones, or blood vessels in the arms, legs, head, neck, or back that is caused or aggravated by work tasks such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness, and tingling.

Lifting and moving clients create a high risk for back injury and other musculoskeletal disorders for home healthcare workers.

Click here to read: How to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (PDF – 802 KB)

For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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