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Work-related carpal tunnel leads to 120,000 surgeries annually

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

When you earn your living in a New Jersey factory, on an assembly line or in a similar setting where you perform the same or similar tasks over and over again, your injury risks are high. You face an elevated chance of experiencing a repetitive motion or musculoskeletal injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which is the most common repetitive motion injury in the nation.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, work-related repetitive motion and musculoskeletal injuries now account for 31% of all work-related injuries and illnesses. They also cost employers a considerable sum each year and are among the most common reasons American employees miss work.

The high cost of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome and similar repetitive motion injuries cost you time and money in the form of missed work. They also cost American employers roughly $80 billion every year. Carpal tunnel syndrome, specifically, is a major expense for employers, with about 120,000 American workers requiring surgery for their conditions on an annual basis. Such injuries also take you an average of 23 days to recover from. This is 14 more days than it takes to recover, on average, from other work-related injuries.

The role of ergonomics

Your employer has a duty to cut the risks you face while working for him or her, and one way to reduce injury risks is to focus on proper ergonomics. If you work in manufacturing, wearing well-designed gloves may help reduce your injury risk. Different gloves offer different levels of protection. However, laboratory test results should give you a better sense of how much protection a particular pair of gloves offers.