The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, MSDs accounted for 34 percent of all work-related injuries and illnesses, costing employers more than $20 billion in workers’ compensation costs, medical expenses, missed work days, decreased productivity and hiring replacement staff.
Workers that perform repetitive movements,prolonged immobilization, or muscle overuse, have a heightened risk of developing an MSD. Bad posture, working in an awkward position, exposure to constant vibration and physical trauma can also cause damage to the musculoskeletal system, resulting in neck strain, hand and wrist tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, pains and tears, and swelling and stiffness to name a few.
The good news is you can be proactive to avoid losing valuable employees and company dollars to these injuries. Implementing a strong ergonomics program can nip MSDs in the bud, improve the health and productivity of employees, and boost the company’s bottom line. Learn how to implement an effective ergonomics program by reading this article that appeared on SHRM.org.