Tailored Safety Training May Help Reduce Work-Related Pain

Blending behavior-modification tactics with ergonomics may help workers avoidoccupational pain and injuries, according to a report from Australia.

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Laborers in a variety of jobs who got safety training tailored to their degree of awareness and motivation to prevent injury were 60 percent less likely to reportlower back pain than workers who got standard ergonomic interventions.

Workers at companies that communicated about safety and made it a priority also reported lower levels of joint and muscle pain.

Lead author Paul Rothmore of the University of Adelaide said the risk factors for workplace strain are both physical and psychological.

Heavy lifting, forceful movements, awkward postures, and standing still for extended periods may increase the risk for musculoskeletal effects, he told Reuters Health.

In addition, low job satisfaction, high levels of stress and monotonous work may also be risk factors, Rothmore said.