Commentary: Osha's New Regs Will Ease The Pain For Everybody

Sheree Lolos will never forget the night five years ago when her arms went numb. She had spent her eight-hour shift as usual, pouring a total of 12,000 pounds of plastic scrap onto a conveyor belt at a windshield factory in Springfield, Mass. That night her arms tingled and burned. The next day she and her supervisors shrugged off the pain as temporary, and she continued to work in coming months--until she could work no more. Doctors later told her that lifting and pouring for up to 60 hours a week, week after week, had damaged the nerves in her arms. Today, at 44, Lolos says she can't even wash her hair without pain. "I cry in the shower because I can't keep my hands over my head to wash out the soap," she says.

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