DOE Operating Experience Level 3 Injuries: Recent Trend in Musculoskeletal Disorders
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Type:  DOE OPEX

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health, Material Handling/Storage

This Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides information that workers at Department of Energy facilities can use to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries. In addition, planners may find useful information for developing work packages that consider ergonomic principles.

Simple improvements can help reverse the trend of MSD injuries at DOE facilities. During work planning, managers and employees should consider performing additional walk-downs to identify lifting-pulling danger points and incorporate ergonomic principles to mitigate them. Wherever feasible, lift equipment should be used. And finally, workers should be reminded to stop and discuss work-arounds when they believe they could incur an MSD.

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