World briefs (September 11, 2000)

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

This isn’t “right”

London — Design bias against left-handed people is causing them to suffer a greater number of injuries and premature deaths in the workplace. This from the General, Municipal and Boilermakers’ Union, which chose to mark International Left-Handers Day by calling on employers to make workplaces more friendly for the 13 to 30 per cent of staff who are left-handed. “We are trying to celebrate left-handedness,” said a spokesperson for the union, citing a study that found significantly more southpaws are killed in accidents and, on average, die nine years earlier than their right-handed co-workers. Equipment designed for right-handed people also causes left-handed workers to make damaging and unnatural movements that lead to greater incidences of repetitive strain injury.

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