Workers in Arizona whose jobs require frequent lifting of heavy objects can suffer shoulder and back injuries with long-term consequences. One of the most painful of these injuries is a torn rotator cuff. The shoulder is a highly complex joint, and few people stop to think about the wide range of movements this joint allows until they suffer such an injury.
While workers in all sectors nationwide, including Arizona, face safety hazards that are unique to their industries, certain injury risks are present in all workplaces, regardless of the types of jobs workers do. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that one in every four workers' compensation claims involve back injuries. Safety authorities say three-quarters of those injuries were suffered while the workers performed lifting tasks.
Employees in all sectors in Arizona face injury hazards -- some risks are unique to the industry while others pose threats to workers in all industries. Back and shoulder injuries, along with other musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains and torn ligaments, result from overexertion -- regardless of the industry. Employers must protect the health and safety of workers, and that responsibility includes providing safety training to teach workers proper lifting techniques.