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Focus
on
Ergonomics
During National Safety Month
BY THE WORK INJURY CENTER AT OAA ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS

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ach June, the National Safety Council celebrates
and promotes National Safety Month - a month
focused on reducing the leading causes of injury
and death at work, on the road, and in our homes
and communities. This year's theme is Keep Each Other
Safe and each week of the month focuses on a different
safety topic including: Stand Up to Falls, Recharge to Be
in Charge, and Prepare for Active Shooters.

things people use so that the people and things interact
most efficiently and safely."

Ergonomics and back pain go hand in hand. 80% of
the American population will experience back pain at
some point in their lives, and an astounding 31 million
Americans are experiencing low-back pain at any given
time. While some symptoms of back pain are caused by
underlying issues, a fair amount of back pain sufferers
The safety topic highlighted in week four of National are in pain due to ergonomically related issues including
Safety Month, ergonomics, should be of importance to improper lifting or poorly designed workstations. Proper
everyone, as it applies to all of our day-to-day activities ergonomics can help keep you safe on the job or at home,
whether it is at home or in the workplace. Ergonomics, and can help you avoid back pain and other injuries.
as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "an
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applied science concerned with designing and arranging

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