Ergonomics is Key
As an employer or manager, you can increase productivity, reduce costs and improve worker performance by implementing ergonomic improvements in your workplace.
Overexertion (strains and sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems and other musculoskeletal injuries) is responsible for about one-third of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work – and it's not happening only to construction workers. Education, health services and retail industry sectors had the greatest number of injuries, making up 46% of all injuries in 2014, according to
Injury Facts 2017.
The average workers' compensation cost was about $32,000 per employee, but the actual cost is much higher when you factor in investigation time, overtime, down time, loss of productivity, higher insurance premiums and more.
Ergonomic Improvements Provide Excellent ROI
Too often, employees are told to get the job done as quickly as possible – not as safely as possible. That's part of the reason ergonomics injuries cost employers hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
Workers should never feel like they have to work through pain to get the job done. Even small, inexpensive adjustments can make a big difference. But first, it's important to assess your workplace:
- Identify existing problems by walking the facility, reviewing injury reports and listening to workers' concerns
- Train workers to identify problems; they are your eyes and ears
- Encourage injury reporting
- Let employees know when ergo changes are made and why
When the work environment is not ideal, the outcome could be long-term. Ergonomic injury is cumulative and can cause chronic pain and disability. The sooner environmental changes are made, the better.
Employers who provide ergonomics training for all employees and
develop workplace programs, such as individual worksite evaluations or perform workstation risk assessments, will benefit not only their workers but their businesses, as well.
Bring Safety Home
It's back-to-school time again, and the National Safety Council offers lots of tips for families with children. Whether they're starting kindergarten or senior year, we can help you send them off each day safely. Talk to your children about staying safe, even when you're not around: