I've pulled a cart for too long and have permanent nerve damage to my right arm. worker's comp was denied and disability says I'm not eligible for reimbursement because my experience was specific to my employer. They say pharma sales is classified by the gov't's dictionary of occupational titles as "light duty" which means industry-wide, the majority of reps supposedly only "move" up to 10 lbs frequently (2.5hrs-5 hrs per day) and occasionally up to 20lbs. This job description was determined in 1977, I guess before we started handing out clocks and textbooks, and took breakfast, lunch and snack to an office every day, on top of our samples, literature, pens and sticky pads.
Am I crazy or did I really see the rest of you carrying/pulling well over 10lbs every day?? Mine was more like 40lbs when you counted the laptop I brought in.
So, I'm trying to prove that it wasn't just my company, and that it's a change in job description industry-wide. Weigh your bag/cart/laptop, etc. next time you're in an office and please tell me how much all of it weighs. It was always a running joke among reps about how much we schlepped around. Has anyone else faced this? Any suggestions? Someone, please help me verify this.