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Carpal tunnel, occupational disease lessened by better ergonomics

Many people in Denver who work in an office have felt the effects of sitting in front of a computer screen all day long. Whether it is eye strain, a stiff neck or severe pain in the wrists, carpal tunnel syndrome and occupational disease affect many Coloradoans whose work environments are not ergonomically correct.

A new computer monitor may start to provide some solutions to Denver employees who are at risk of occupational disease. The monitor has an "ErgoSensor" where the web camera would be that detects how the person in front of it is working and gives feedback. For example, if the person is too close or too far from the monitor or is looking at the monitor at the wrong angle, the monitor will alert the employee.

The manufacturer has also made it much easier to adjust the monitor by including an ergonomically designed base. Not only will the monitor correct posture and the angles at which the monitor and computer are being used, but it will also warn employees when they need to take a rest to avoid eye strain. It also saves employers money by shutting down when no one is in front of it.

As more and more people use computers to do their work, it is becoming increasingly important that work stations contain the necessary equipment to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other occupational diseases. When employers fail to follow basic ergonomic set ups, they make it more likely that their employees will need to file for workers' compensation based on a variety of different work-related conditions.

Source: The Atlantic, "The Computer Monitor That Can Tell If You're Slouching," April 10, 2012

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