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insurance

Sprains, Strains and
Auto-Hose Reels: Using
Ergonomics to Reduce Injuries
By Paul Lindsay,
Principal and Senior Vice President,
EPIC Jenkins, for the PCOC Insurance Program

It will come as no surprise to you that the leading on the job employee injuries are sprains, strains, and
contusions.	The	causes?	Repetitive	motion	(thus	the	hose	reel	reference),	slips	and	falls	-	the	falls	most	
often connected to ladders. Short of the occasional fumigator falling from a roof, these injuries cross all
three branches of pest control operations.
Many of these injuries fall under the diagnosis of Musculoskeletal
Disorders	(MDS,)	a	condition	that	can	deeply	affect	your	work	force.	
It is important to address the issues surrounding MDS and the concrete
ways to minimize its impact.
Musculoskeletal Disorders account for nearly one-third of all injuries
that require days away from work. In 2014, U.S. employers lost 1.15 million
work days due to MSDs, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Musculoskeletal	Disorders	(MSDs)	are	often	referred	to	as	'ergonomic injuries' and affect the connective tissues of the body such as
muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. Examples
include sprains and strains from lifting, hernias, and carpal tunnel
syndrome. MSDs are some of the most difficult and costly workrelated injuries to treat.
Consider the following facts:
*	 Musculoskeletal	Disorders	are	among	the	most	prevalent	medical	
problems	in	the	U.S.,	affecting	7	percent	of	the	population.	Testimony,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
*	 Musculoskeletal	Disorders	cost	the	United	States	approximately	
$850 billion per year. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
*	 "[MSDs]...	account	for	14	percent	of	physician	visits	and	19	percent	
of hospital stays." NIOSH
*	 "Sixty-two	percent	of	persons	with	MSD	report	some	degree	of	
limitation on activity compared with 14 percent in the population at
large." NIOSH
*	 Workers	with	MSD	claims	lost	a	median	of	10	work	days.	Bureau of
Labor Statistics
*	 MSDs	are	chronic,	painful,	and	affect	workers'	quality	of	life.
How can my company reduce the incidence and cost of MSDs?
Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job
demands to the capabilities of the working population. Ergonomics is
an	approach	or	solution	to	deal	with	a	number	of	problems	-	including	
work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders.
If your company has never experienced an MSD injury, you may need
only a basic ergonomics program. This involves assigning someone to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2016

President’s Message PCOC: Building Opportunities, Adding Value
Measurements That Matter and Why
Presidential Profile
Business Leaders Warn of Dangers of New Wage Law
Federal Update
Insurance Sprains, Strains and Auto-Hose Reels
State Capitol Report Views from Sacramento
Membership Pays! Clark Pest Control Highlights its PCOC Benefits and Value
Firm Profile Cliff’s Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser.com
PCOC - Summer 2016 - cover1
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PCOC - Summer 2016 - 4
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 5
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 6
PCOC - Summer 2016 - President’s Message PCOC: Building Opportunities, Adding Value
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Measurements That Matter and Why
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 9
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 10
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Presidential Profile
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 12
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 13
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Business Leaders Warn of Dangers of New Wage Law
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 15
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Federal Update
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 17
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Insurance Sprains, Strains and Auto-Hose Reels
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 19
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 20
PCOC - Summer 2016 - State Capitol Report Views from Sacramento
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 22
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 23
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 24
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Membership Pays! Clark Pest Control Highlights its PCOC Benefits and Value
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 26
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 27
PCOC - Summer 2016 - 28
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Firm Profile Cliff’s Pest Control
PCOC - Summer 2016 - Advertiser.com
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PCOC - Summer 2016 - cover4
PCOC - Summer 2016 - outsert1
PCOC - Summer 2016 - outsert2
PCOC - Summer 2016 - outsert3
PCOC - Summer 2016 - outsert4
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