Supermarket Chain Trying to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries for Employees

Hannaford Supermarkets was cited for failing to keep distribution centers free from recognized hazards likely to cause these types of injuries.

After being cited by OSHA for failing to keep two of its distribution centers free from hazards known to cause musculoskeletal disorders, Hannaford Supermarkets has reached a settlement with OSHA and agreed to institute ongoing and effective worker protection safeguards at both distribution centers, according to an agency news release.

The centers are located in Schodack Landing, N.Y., and South Portland, Maine. The company is based in Scarborough, Maine. It celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008, according to a history posted on the company's website.

"Many jobs in grocery and other warehouses require significant amounts of manual material handling. If employers do not take steps to address musculoskeletal hazards, workers will be hurt," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Hannaford is investing in preventing worker injuries. We urge other employers to follow its example. This action is good for workers and for a company's bottom line."

Per the terms of the settlement, Hannaford has agreed to consult a qualified ergonomist to assess warehouses and prepare a report with recommendations, among other things.

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