Concise Sentences

I was wondering if you could help me with the punctuation in the following sentence. I am not quite sure what is the correct way to separate these items:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear.
Sandra R., Millard City, UT

Answer: Consider several issues of punctuation and content. First, be sure a colon that introduces a list comes after a noun or a phrase like “as follows” or “the following.” Second, examine the contents of the list. Perhaps all those items are required – but, really, do you need to include stand walk, sit, talk and hear? If you could eliminate those, your reader would focus on duties specific to the job. Third, in a list incorporated in a sentence, you are correct to use semicolons between items if any single item already has internal commas, such as stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. If you have space, it’s best list the items vertically, achieving greater clarity.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to do the following:
• Use hands to finger, handle, or feel
• Reach with hands and arms; climb or balance
• Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

Alternatively, you can adhere to original content:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to do the following: stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear.

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