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What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

Facet joint syndrome is a degenerative arthritic condition in the spine where the cartilage between the joints wears down and causes severe pain in the back and neck. Facet joint syndrome is caused by many factors, including stress on the spine caused by repetitive movements. Workers in construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and office environments can become victims of facet joint syndrome when repetitive tasks are part of their daily work responsibilities.

What are the Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome?

Pain and decreased mobility and stiffness are the leading symptoms of facet joint syndrome. Unfortunately, by the time a victim seeks help from a medical professional, damage to the joints is already done. Inflammation in the joints, bone rubbing, and nerve damage is most often in its advanced stages at the time of diagnosis.

Facet joint syndrome typically affects people between 40 and 70 years of age. This arthritic condition can also be caused by a combination of repetitive tasks,

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Hand Vibration Syndrome

Hand vibration syndrome, or commonly known as HAVS, is a disorder that affects the hands and forearms, it is caused by prolonged exposure to vibrating tools. HAVS is a widely recognized workplace injury that can lead to significant long-term medical problems for employees.

According to the National Association of Safety Professionals, around two million workers in the United States are exposed to hand-arm vibration, and half of the workers that are exposed will later develop this debilitating disorder. The organization also emphasizes that practicing certain safety measures can prevent the disorder.

Causes of HAVS

Vibrating tools are used across a variety of different industries, and those who use these tools should be aware of the hazards. The tools that cause HAVS include scabblers, power jigsaws, angle grinders, needle guns, asphalt brakers, pneumatic drills, sanders, polishers, compactors, chipping tools, jackhammers, and riveters. These tools can send strong vibrations into the worker’s hands,

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Power Tool Injuries

Power tools can cause serious injuries and even death when users do not follow proper safety or operating instructions or when defective power tools do not operate properly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports close to one million power tool injuries and 200 deaths occur each year among construction workers, carpenters, roofers, landscapers, auto mechanics, electricians, and plumbers. Negligent power tool manufacturers, distributors, and construction companies can be held liable for power tool injuries.

Common Types of Power Tools

The most common types of power tools used in the construction industry include:

  • Power drills
  • Chainsaws, circular saws, jigsaws, miter saws, and concrete saws
  • Power wrenches
  • Nail guns and staple guns
  • Jackhammers
  • Chippers
  • Sanders
  • Chisels
  • Hydraulic jacks and airlifts
  • Compressors
  • Ceramic tile cutters
  • Lathes
  • Power washers
  • Floor sanders
  • Rotary tillers

Common Types of Power Tool Injuries

The most common types of power tool injuries include:

  • Cuts,
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