Ergonomic Standards

NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the federal government proposed new regulations today on fixing working conditions that injure workers. The proposed rules affect one in every three work sites and would require employers to correct conditions where repetitive motions or heavy lifting cause injuries. An example of a correction the employer might have to make is changing the height of an assembly line. Several industry groups are protesting that current rules are sufficient to protect workers and the new rules would impose an unfair cost burden on businesses.



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