Creating an ergonomic workplace is central to preventing a variety of workplace injuries, from trips and falls to carpal tunnel syndrome. Having a comfortable office space also lessens workers' discomfort and pain.
In an interview with Workforce magazine, James Mallon, the executive vice president of an ergonomics improvement company, explains the biggest risks associated with having a poorly designed business furniture and workplace layout are musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and disorders.
The most frequently experienced workplace injuries include lower-back pain, neck and shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cost up to $30,000 in medical costs per employee, Mallon states.
In 2010, MSK injuries made up 30 percent of all workplace injuries or illnesses that required time away from work, according to Workforce.
Because MSK conditions can be extremely severe, it's important to invest in ergonomic chairs and other furniture items that promote healthy posture and daily activity. Employers should choose provide workstations that are customizable for workers' diverse body types. In addition, it's a good idea to train employees on ergonomic health so they understand how to sit, type and move correctly throughout the day.
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