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As a business tool, ergonomics improves comfort, health, & safety, resulting in improved working life, and reduction and/or elimination of WMSDs.

 
   
 
       
 
   
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  A Growing Concern  
 

The rise of technology in the work place over the past 20 years has resulted in an increase of computer related injuries among workers with prolonged computer use. Many organization neglect to fully assess individual risk factors, the influence these risks have on the development and onset of various work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), and how they impact business finance. See WMSDs >>>

 
 
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 387,820 MSD cases accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases in 2011.*
  • The average # of days away from work attributable to WMSD’s was 16.75 in 2011
  • The average lifetime cost of CTS (including medical bills & lost time from work) is estimated to be in excess of $30K.
  • Productivity loss due to visual impairment amounted to $8 billion in 2004 
 
     
  The New Business Tool  
 

Organizations are now learning that the appropriate application of ergonomics is a simple, yet powerful new business tool that can be utilized to transform the workplace. It has proven to increase productivity and ultimately affect bottom line.
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Applied ergonomics accommodates the workers physical, cognitive and psychological needs, all of which impact emotion, motivation and worker success. Used as a business tool, it can minimize worker limitation, amplify worker capabilities, improve working life and reduce or eliminate the occurrence of WMSD. This is not theoretical, it is being accomplished! 

 
 
   

Preventing Injuries Reduces Costs. AT&T Global Information Solutions in San Diego, California, a manufacturer of mainframe computers, analyzed its injury logs and identified its three most frequent types of injuries: lifting, fastening, and keyboarding. By making workstation improvements and providing proper lift training for all employees, the company’s worker compensation costs dropped by 75% in the first year.**

Faster Directory Assistance. The computer displays used by directory assistants at Ameritech, a regional telephone company, were ergonomically redesigned for easier viewing. The new displays enabled operators to answer calls more easily and reduced the time of each call. This change saved the company nearly $3 million a year across its five-state region. ** 

   
 
 

*BLS defines musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) to include cases where the nature of the injury or illness is pinched nerve; herniated disc; meniscus tear; sprains, strains, tears; hernia (traumatic and nontraumatic); pain, swelling, and numbness; carpal or tarsal tunnel syndrome; Raynaud’s syndrome or phenomenon; musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diseases and disorders, when the event or exposure leading to the injury or illness is overexertion and bodily reaction, unspecified; overexertion involving outside sources; repetitive motion involving microtasks; other and multiple exertions or bodily reactions; and rubbed, abraded, or jarred by vibration.

** http://www.apa.org/about/gr/issues/workforce/ergonomics.aspx 

 
     

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