Barista’s are at an increased risk of repetitive stress injuries from slinging coffee. Certified hand specialist at SPEAR Physical Therapy in Manhattan, Phaeleau Cunneen, told the Post that barista injuries are very common and usually chronic. Barista wrist, as it is called has caused some owners to re-design their stores to be ergonomically safe or retrain their workers to take the physical pressure off their vulnerable joint.
A barista advocate, Alex Bernson did a survey of 475 city baristas last year. He found that 47% of them suffered from repetitive stress injuries that were directly related to their jobs. 20% of those barista had heart palpitations or chest pains and 62% though their job/intake of coffee had caused emotional problems and depression.
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