Modular Mind Magazine Page 8 Workplace Ergonomics

C onsider t, form and function when thinking about ergonomics in your workplace. Use the modularity of T-slot products to ensure desks, workstations and equipment simplify tasks and have the ability to be interchangeable for employees of different sizes and heights. 8 HIDDEN PRODUCTIVITY IN WORKSPACES W orkers' compensation cases involving musculoskeletal disorders (commonly known as ergonomic injuries) accounted for 32% of workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014. Costs pertaining to workplace injuries continue to rise; insurance premiums for workers' compensation are increasing along with the costs of medical services and pharmaceuticals. When you factor in that the typical worker misses 9 days of work due to an injury incurred on the job, it becomes apparent that employers, both for moral and nancial reasons, need to make ergonomics in the workplace a priority. One company found that by changing to ergonomic desks and furniture they enjoyed a decrease in absenteeism by 75%, error rates went down by 56%, and time on task went up 40%. In order to be effective, workspaces must t processes and personnel by minimizing injuries due to repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles, bad posture, and reaching or straining for objects or materials. ABSENTEE RATE ERROR PERCENTAGE EFFICIENCY RATE TOTAL OUTPUT ERGONOMICS WORKPLACE in the FIT, FORM, FUNCTION C ompanies that employ ergonomic solutions reap several benets besides reductions in workers' compensation costs. They also realize improved productivity (up to 25% increase in output at computer workstations when using ergonomic furniture), fewer mistakes, less scrap, and improved efciency due to decreased fatigue and increased strength and accuracy that are the results of ergonomics and user-friendly workstations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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