On almost any given day, hundreds of cleaning crews are hard at work in office buildings, medical facilities, restaurants and other establishments across the Chicago metropolitan area. While we tend to think of this type of work as being difficult yet relatively safe from work injuries, this is actually far from the case.
From slippery floors and cluttered walkways to machinery lacking the necessary safety guards and improperly designed workstations, workers in both industrial and office settings must contend with a variety of workplace hazards on a regular basis. However, did you know that one of these workplace hazards may include the very lights located above their heads or at their desks?
Workers here in Chicago and across the state of Illinois routinely suffer debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. Typically, these types of injuries involve the neck, back, wrist, elbow or shoulder, and are brought on by a variety of risk factors, including tasks that require workers to take uncomfortable postures or make repetitive motions, or poorly designed workstations.
Hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities are probably not the first places that come to mind when discussing the incidence of serious and debilitating work injuries. However, a recently released report by a renowned research institute suggests that these work environments can actually prove to be rather unsafe for medical professionals.