In workplaces throughout Minnesota and the rest of the U.S., employers strive to protect their workers from a variety health hazards. Despite this, workers and employers alike may not be aware of the harmful effects vibrations can have on the human body. Impact drills, grinders, sanders and saws are all examples of tools that, if used often enough, can cause serious harm.
According to a report from the National Occupational Research Agenda, a subdivision of OSHA in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is the top-recorded occupational illness in manufacturing, accounting for one in every nine reported cases. With 16 million people working in manufacturing in the U.S., or approximately 13 percent of the American workforce, hearing loss affected 17,700 out of 59,100 workers in 2010.