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Ergonomics Study of Animal Care Positions at The University of California 

At the University of California, animal care employees play a critical role in maintaining the health and well-being of animal subjects and supporting ongoing university research. To perform these job functions, workers are exposed to ergonomic risks such as repetitive motion, strain, and awkward postures. During fiscal years 2009-2013, ergonomic injuries involving animal care staff accounted for 328 workers’ compensation claims, with an actuarial estimated ultimate direct cost of $1,045,955.15 (loss data was valued as of December 31, 2012).

At the request of University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) Risk Services, the UC Ergonomics Work Group conducted a study of the animal care staff to identify the top five areas of ergonomic risk and develop strategies to address these issues. A project team comprised of five ergonomists from various UC locations was formed.

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