Monday, September 29, 2008

The economics of ergonomics

Article by Mike Kind published at on September 26, 2008.

Article states that "over half of employees who use computers for at least 15 hours per week reported musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) issues in the first year of a new job?" It represents
* 50 percent of all lost work days
* Costs U.S. companies over $61 billion per year in lost productivity.
* Results in pay outs of approximately $20 billion annually in benefits for these issues
* At an average cost of a work-related MSD of $27,700.

MSDs are injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, nerves, blood vessels and intervetebral discs of the spine. They vary from simply being annoying to to crippling and disabling.

The five may ergonomic risk factors are:

* High rate of movement repetition
* High forces
* Poor, deviated work postures
* High contact stress
* High vibration of part of the body, especially in cold conditions

Andy Brazier

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