Scooping out hard ice cream can constitute a workplace hazard, according to an Alberta tribunal that has ordered workers‚Äô compensation for a convenience-store employee with an injured shoulder.
Dr. Stephen Reed, an orthopedic surgeon, said the design of most ice-cream parlours makes for a much different activity than spooning out dessert on the counter at home.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre forced to do this basically at arm‚Äôs length, reaching into a large cabinet,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Reed. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs basically poor ergonomics, and they‚Äôre doing it repetitively.‚ÄĚ
In fact, injury often results from seemingly innocuous tasks because of bad ergonomic design, he said. The solutions can be quite simple, Dr. Reed said, describing how he solved one patient‚Äôs back problems by suggesting the worker stand on an elevated platform when lifting boxes repetitively. ...