Stretch Goals: Louisville Learns from Data to Reduce Injuries Among City Employees by @thisbigcity

Every morning, sanitation workers across Louisville start their day with a regimen of stretching. In the offices of the city’s Public Works department, even those who spend most of their days behind a desk and computer monitor begin their day with the same routine. Stretching is nothing new. But this is, of course, an integral part of Louisville’s innovation agenda. Public works is a strenuous job. Tippers, those who ride along on back of garbage and recycling trucks, must tote unwieldy cans and bins while minding curbs, potholes, traffic, and other obstacles. Strains and sprains of backs, knees, and ankles come with the territory. As Keith Hackett, Louisville’s Assistant Director of Public Works, said, “We don’t have the luxury of working in a controlled environment. Our responsibility is to reduce the possibility of injury.” To that end, in January 2012, Public Works beg...

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