Safe lifting and ergonomics

Resources to assess and mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as strains, sprains, low back pain and nerve compression syndromes, e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, are some of the most costly workplace injuries. Assessing and mitigating the risk factors that cause MSDs, such as repetitive motion and awkward posture, are critical in reducing the risk of injury.

Use ergonomic principles and guidelines to improve workplace safety

Incorporating ergonomic design principles in your workplace will not only reduce the risk of MSDs, but it will also increase job satisfaction, reduce fatigue, and can increase efficiency and productivity. By reducing exposure to awkward heavy lifting, repetitive motion, overuse of hand tools and static monotonous tasks, you can benefit from lower workers' compensation costs, reduced employee turnover and higher product quality.

Ergonomic best practice guidelines have been developed for a variety of industries including office, construction, manufacturing and healthcare.


Your Pinnacol safety consultant can answer questions regarding MSD prevention and provide ergonomic resources. Our certified ergonomist can perform on-site evaluations to assess risk and provide solutions for ergonomic hazards.

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