Overexertion Injuries

Musculoskeletal disorders affect nearly all tissues, including the nerves and tendon sheaths, and most frequently involve the arms and back. Occupational safety and health professionals have called these disorders a variety of names, including cumulative trauma disorders, repeated trauma, repetitive stress injuries, and occupational overexertion syndrome.

Overexertion injuries occur when a worker engages in motions such as lifting, bending, reaching or slipping without falling. These injuries occur when physical capabilities of the worker do not match the physical requirements of the job.

Identifying Overexertion Injury Hazards

Overexertion injuries generally consist of sprains (stretched or torn ligaments) and strains (stretched or torn muscles or tendons). These injuries are associated with a variety of work activities, which include:


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