Workplace injuries can happen in many ways in Ohio. While slips, trips and falls are common ways people get injured at work, research shows the most common workplace injury involves musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These types of injuries often result in strains, sprains and other painful conditions.
Funding opportunities for MSD prevention
The National Safety Council (NSC) recently announced it will offer up to $260,000 in grant funding throughout 2024. This brings total grant funding for resolving MSDs to a total of $535,000, which also received funding from Amazon’s Global workplace health and safety department.
Details about available grants
A Research to Solutions grant will pledge up to $50,000 each to any approved projects, offering an overall total of $200,000. This grant is designed so that companies, industries and academic facilities can formulate new and innovative solutions for MSDs in the workplace.
Another popular grant, the MSD Pilot Grant, plans to award a total of $60,000 in grant funding at a rate of up to $20,000 per approved project. These projects are to focus on MSD injuries affecting the upper body areas of workers. Applicants for the MSD Pilot Grant will also need to work with several technology companies that appeared at the 2023 NSC Safety Congress and Expo.
The potential impact of these new grants
Funders and researchers hope that issuing these new grants leads to solutions preventing MSDs in the workplace. Fewer MSDs can help ensure employees stay safe while companies avoid often costly workers’ compensation claims.
The risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders is a reality for professionals working in many industries. When a job forces workers to perform sudden or repeated motions improperly, the risk of MSDs will be present.