Finding good workers is half the battle — then you need to keepthem healthy and productive. Today about 20% of days of missedwork are due to injuries that happen as a result of poor officedesign. Companies that consider their employees' work environmentand how it can affect health and efficiency — known as ergonomics —can potentially reduce workplace injuries.

Most organizations see the frequency of ergonomic-relatedinjuries and costs grow each year. But the simple fact is thatpeople need to perform physical work, whether at a factory, a storeor an office.

Statistics fromthe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) underscore this. Forexample:

  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account forone-third of worker injuries and illnesses annually — the mostfrequently reported.
  • Ergonomics-related injuries require more time off than otherworkplace injuries and illnesses.

OSHA and Liberty Mutual also found that overexertion injuries — lifting, pushing, pulling, holding,carrying, or throwing — cost businesses $13.8 billion everyyear.

Continue Reading for Free

Register and gain access to:

  • Breaking insurance news and analysis, on-site and via our newsletters and custom alerts
  • Weekly Insurance Speak podcast featuring exclusive interviews with industry leaders
  • Educational webcasts, white papers, and ebooks from industry thought leaders
  • Critical converage of the employee benefits and financial advisory markets on our other ALM sites, BenefitsPRO and ThinkAdvisor
NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.