August 20

Employers Are Afraid of the “E” Word

Studies indicate that working in a non-ergonomically correct workstation can cause such pains and injuries as bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, trigger finger, eye problems, headaches, poor posture, and hearing damage.

When the average workers’ compensation claim for something as common as carpal tunnel costs upwards of $25K – per hand – (not to forget to mention all the added lost skilled labor hours)…why aren’t more employers taking preventative actions?

Well…they’re afraid of the “E” word. They’re afraid of “ergonomic” assessments because of misbeliefs.

1.  Employers are under the impression that it’s going to cost a lot of money. But the truth is, this isn’t the case. In fact, when you compare the risks associated with a workers compensation claim to a simple assessment, it’s far from it.

2. They assume that an assessment is unnecessary because they already have the proper ergonomic equipment. However, having the proper equipment is one thing and having the proper settings is another. For instance, many employees may have an ergonomically correct chair, but they either do not know how to adjust all the levers or are afraid of messing it up if they do. Improper settings can be just as damaging as not having proper equipment.

Therefore, it’s crucial to have an assessment where ergonomic adjustments are made and instructions on how to properly utilize the existing equipment are provided. Remember, when it comes to cost containment, prevention is key. It’s better to mitigate the situation before it turns into an employee work related injury! Got questions? Contact us today for answers and to set up an assessment.