Ergonomics is simply defined as the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Injuries resulting from employee’s posture, positioning, and from the physical tasks of a job typically affect the musculoskeletal system. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines musculoskeletal injuries where the nature of the injury or illness is pinched nerve; herniated disc; meniscus tear; sprains, strains, tears; hernia; pain, swelling, and numbness; carpal or tarsal tunnel syndrome; Raynaud’s syndrome or phenomenon; and connective tissue diseases and disorders from overexertion and bodily reaction; overexertion involving outside sources; repetitive motion involving micro-tasks; and tissues which are rubbed, abraded, or jarred by vibration.
ARC Enterprises’ ergonomic evaluations focus on using an approach of injury prevention, and advocating a proactive approach to addressing these kinds of injuries. In this way companies can realize a reduction in these types of injuries and tens of thousands of dollars in savings as a result.
Features of these services include the following.
- Workstation assessments
- Assessment of products, accessories, and alternative work practices that reduce the risk factors to injury.
- Written report recommending changes.
- Development of corporate Ergonomic programs for proactively addressing injuries in these settings.
- Health Care
- Industrial and Manufacturing
Musculoskeletal injury cases accounted for 34 percent of all injury and illness cases in the U.S. in 2012, statistically unchanged from the previous year. These injuries are among the most frequent lost-time injuries, and each one can cost up to hundreds of thousand of dollars when all factors are calculated. This places musculoskeletal injuries as costing employers more than virtually any other type of injury. Isn’t this incentive enough to call ARC Enterprises with questions about your workplace!