Michigan Lawmakers Dash Ergonomic Guidelines

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The Republican-controlled state House has passed a bill Michigan to keep Michigan from adopting rules to reduce the number of workplace injuries caused by repetitive movements.

The measure is meant to keep Democratic Governor Granholm's administration from requiring on-the-job ergonomics standards.

Republicans say imposing new rules would kill jobs and discourage companies from locating in Michigan.

Democrats counter that such charges are baseless, and say ergonomics helps businesses save money, NOT lose it.

Ergonomics is the science of designing equipment and movements to reduce workers' fatigue and discomfort.

California is the only state with its own ergonomics rules. The federal government has established voluntary guidelines.