Ergonomics won't hurt economics

News Associated Press March 08, 2001
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Congress voted Wednesday to repeal new workplace rules aimed at curbing repetitive motion injuries, and despite a vicious prote

Congress voted Wednesday to repeal new workplace rules aimed at curbing repetitive motion injuries, and despite a vicious protest launched by the Democrats President George W. Bush is expected to sign the measure.


The regulations, which were voted down by the House of Representatives by a 223-206 vote, were aimed at preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and other health problems associated with repetitive motion, awkward postures, contact stress and other on-the-job conditions.


Issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the rules covered 102 million workers at 6.1 million work sites. The agency said they would prevent 4.6 million musculoskeletal disorders.


The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is applauding the move, stating it would cost the transportation construction industry $3.6 billion annually to meet the new requirements.


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