At Work 57 (Summer 2009)

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Workplace program speeds return of workers with low-back injuries

According to new IWH research, workplace-based programs in which workers and supervisors jointly identify and solve return-to-work barriers help workers with low-back pain return to their jobs more quickly — especially workers who are often considered the most challenging return-to-work cases.

Study suggests ways to improve safety among hard-to-reach, out-of-school young workers

Using youth employment centres for the first time to connect with out-of-school young workers about job safety, a new Institute for Work & Health study shows this hard-to-reach group possesses some basic knowledge of health and safety, yet it still experiences above-average injury rates.

Ergonomics case study: Car parts manufacturer realizes benefits of PE program

An Ontario manufacturer opened its doors to researchers who helped implement a participatory ergonomics (PE) program to improve the musculoskeletal health of workers. The company has since learned that the PE program saved it almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars — and in the most unexpected place.

Community-based research explores impact of job injuries on workers’ lives

The Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury has brought together academics and injured workers in a five-year research project that is scientifically documenting and communicating the effects of work injury. As the initiative moves past its halfway mark, the academic and injured

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