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New York warehouse workers at risk for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders could get increased protections through the Warehouse Worker Injury Reduction Act, which was passed by both the Senate and Assembly last week.

Warehouse worker injuries in New York state increased by 20% between 2021 and 2022, according to the National Employment Law Project and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the state's warehouse worker injury rate is 54% higher than the national average.

Injuries are also increasing in severity, the report states, with almost 90% of these injuries requiring missed time or a job transfer. Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, specifically, affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage of the upper and lower limbs, neck and lower back through sudden or sustained physical exertion.

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