Despite significant improvements in the last 25 years, U.S. construction workers are still at high risk for on-the-job injuries to muscles, tendons, joints and nerves, according to a new study from The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Maryland and published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The most common causes of such musculoskeletal injuries are: overwork, excessive exposure to vibration, bending, twisting, and adopting awkward body postures. All together, the estimated wage loss for private wage-and-salary construction workers in 2014 due to musculoskeletal injuries was $46 million. The study also notes that the average risk of such injuries in construction is higher than all other industries combined. The study suggests that ergonomic training could help lower the risk.
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