SHARP Focus: Spring 2015

SHARP: Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention


Spring 2015

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Between 2002-2010, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica, accounted for 43% of all lost-time workers’ compensation claims in Washington State. SHARP recently published a new comprehensive report detailing the rates and burden of WMSDs across industries. View full report
View report summary

The Caretaker Crisis

Nursing assistants are vital to the care of our growing elderly population. They also have some of the highest workplace injury rates in Washington State. In this new video, SHARP presents two workers’ stories of injuries that nearly ended their careers, and discusses how preventing work-related injuries to health care workers will require research and change on many levels.

Injuries in Logging

Logging has always been a dangerous profession. A new SHARP infographic compares the injuries and workers’ compensation claim costs between traditional manual logging and logging done entirely by machine in Washington State. SHARP also has one-page narratives of fatalities and injuries in the logging industry that can be used for safety training, like this one about an injured timber cutter.

Searchable SHARP Publications

SHARP research publications, technical reports and educational materials are now easier to find! You can view our publications by hazard, industry, publication type, and more, as well as search for exactly what you need by keyword. Try it out and give us feedback on how these new functions work for you.

SHARP's Newest Research Findings

Take a look at our newest one-page summaries of published SHARP research:
Worker Perceptions of Musculoskeletal Injury.

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