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.

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