Scooping Ice Cream Now Considered a Potential Job Hazard

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An Alberta woman has successfully completed a workers compensation claim for re-injuring a past shoulder injury from repeatedly scooping ice cream at her job at a convenience store. Her claim, which was initially denied, was finally approved after she appealed it after finding out that her injured shoulder would require surgery to repair the rotator cuff.

While her first weeks on the job were fine, the summer months required her to consistently scoop frozen ice cream, and she finally left the job because of the physical toll. The National Post reported that while it seems like low-impact work, the job does require quite a bit of rigorous and repetitive activity. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Reed stated that reaching in and out of a cabinet at arms length can be strenuous. "It's basically poor ergonomics, and they're doing it repetitively."

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