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August 2014

Addressing The High Corporate Costs of Back Pain (and other MSDs)

Schoolhouse Rock! called the human body “a high powered, revved up, body machine”, but even the best of machines break down when chronically mistreated. Think about it. No matter how expensive or “high performance” a set of tires is, all four still need regular rotation and alignment in order to wear evenly.  Without proper care and maintenance, the repetitive wear and tear caused by misalignment can be just as damaging as a nail in the tire.

 Whether imposed on man or machine, subtle repeated actions done incorrectly overtime can have painful—and costly—consequences. Just as tires blow and engines die, backs, necks, and other appendages painfully flare up, causing employees to miss work, Workers’ Compensation claims go up, and employers pay the price. In fact, according to OSHA,  “The direct costs attributable to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) total $15 to $18 billion per year, with indirect costs (such as … 

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