Concrete work, a source of many MSDs, is a focus of ergonomic study in Washington (Photo: Stewart Prezant Ergonomics Group).

As the July 1 implementation date for Washington State’s new ergonomic rules approaches, the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) is assisting in a project aimed at improving construction ergonomics and, thus, facilitating compliance among contractors in the state.

“Though the new rules have engendered a significant outcry of opposition among small businesses in Washington, we are taking the high road,” says Washington State Associated General Contractors (AGC) Safety Director John Carlson. “Rather than opposing the rule, we’re using its impending implementation as a catalyst to get companies and employees thinking positively about curtailing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries in our industry.”