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Basic, repetitive acts can cause injuries in the workplace

While it may sound like working at a craft brewery is fun, the reality is that, like other workplaces, there are significant risks involved. One case of bottled beer can weigh a maximum of 42 pounds, an empty keg 30 pounds, whereas a full keg can weigh an astonishing 160 pounds. Brewery workers are constantly moving around the product. Lifting, pushing and pulling it can place significant stress on the body.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, stock and material movers incur musculoskeletal injuries more commonly than people in other occupations. Pulling and pushing heavy items and machinery significantly increases the risk of developing an MSD. Olympia residents may not know that back injuries, strains and sprains are all forms of MSDs. Employers should be focusing on training their employees to reduce workplace injuries.

Employees should be receiving education on how to lift, pull, push and carry heavy machinery to ensure they stay safe while performing tasks related to their jobs. Workers on ladders, forklifts and truck cabs need to be taught how to ascend and descend properly and the proper posture to be in when lifting or reaching out to grab products.

The most common workplace injuries often result from workers performing basic, repetitive actions every day. Employers should be reinforcing safety techniques for their employees and when they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, it might be possible to file a workers' compensation claim to recover costs that cover their medical expenses and lost wages.

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