The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, per year, MSDs account for about 30 percent or more of all work-related injuries and illnesses, costing employers billions of dollars in workers’ compensation costs, medical expenses, missed workdays, 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. WorkSiteRight performs ergonomic evaluations and provides customized recommendations based on the specific work done in your facility. Learn how to implement an effective ergonomics process by reading this article from OSHA.gov.
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