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March 2015

Why Hire an Ergonomics Consultant?

 

Anyone who has faced a budget can understand the staggering price of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Each year back injuries cost organizations about $100 billion.[i] When injuries occur, companies settle compensation claims but also suffer a slew of indirect costs, like lowered productivity and new employee training. A 1990 OSHA study found that these costs could be almost three times as high as direct costs. Furthermore, injuries erode worker morale, which can also curtail efficiency.

Such costs fuel a vicious circle of loss. To promote a company’s bottom line, managers must improve ergonomics processes, which means either going it alone or hiring an ergonomics consultant.

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Search the internet and you will find any number of pseudo-ergo gadgets claiming to solve common complaints: desks to alleviate sore backs, keyboards for aching wrists. On the surface, these “voodoo ergonomics” seem to offer inexpensive solutions, but in the long … 

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