Monday, February 27, 2006

Changes in Policy May Decrease Worker Injuries

More on poultry worker injuries ...

"Policy changes such as job rotation and worker safety committees could reduce worker injuries, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, who conducted a study of 200 poultry workers.

"Policy changes are needed to improve the health and safety of workers," said Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D. a researcher from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and lead author of the report.

The survey involved face-to-face interviews with 200 Hispanic poultry workers, based on a representative sample of workers in six counties in North Carolina. Results of the data collected showed that the workers' jobs require frequent awkward postures and repetitive movement. Workers also reported that they had minimal control over their work and little variety in their daily tasks. Researchers found that the monotonous routine coupled with the demands of the assembly line contributed to an increased risk of musculoskeletal problems."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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