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Musculoskeletal disorders account for approximately one-third of all work-related injuries and illness costs in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these conditions typically affect muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, and ligaments.

Examples of common musculoskeletal disorders include lower back pain, premature arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The construction sector is one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, and this industry also includes some of the highest risks of musculoskeletal injuries. Unfortunately, these risks tend to be overlooked because of the existence of other, more high-profile dangers in this industry, including fall accidents, trench collapses and scaffolding accidents.

Workers in the construction industry who are often working close to the ground, such as those involved in deck installation or installation of floor coverings, may be at a higher risk for back pain and back injuries. Any activity that requires lots of bending, kneeling, stooping or squatting over a prolonged period of time can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Workers involved in concrete installation must bend over and pull the board over concrete. This puts heavy pressure and strain on a worker’s arm and shoulder muscles, and this can increase the risk of injury.

Taking frequent rest breaks can help relax tired muscles and tendons. Employers can also hire more workers to help spread the workload and reduce the risk of such injuries.

Michael Parsons is an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer, representing injured workers in the metro Atlanta region and helping them recover the workers’ compensation benefits that they deserve.