ON THE JOB INJURIES
ANCHOR LEAD: PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE SUFFER A VARIETY OF JOB-RELATED INJURIES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Back and knee problems seem predictable in overweight or obese people in manufacturing jobs, but they actually suffer a broad range of injuries. That’s according to Keshia Pollack, assistant professor of health policy and management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
POLLACK: One of the things that was surprising for us is that we focused on a different type of injury than has been focused on in the past. We looked at more falls and burns and lacerations versus other studies that have focused on musculoskeletal types of injuries. And the other thing that we found out here too is that the body parts injured differed by body mass index. And again, this is not new information, but we wanted to highlight that this is another risk factor to think about. :25
Pollack says employers may need to consider body mass index when providing work spaces or safety equipment for use on the job. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.