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June 2015

Personalized Ergonomic Solutions for Diverse Workers

The American worker looks different today than he or she did a decade or two ago. Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are working longer and, according to several sources, the average American is also getting larger.

These two rising trends within the American population parallel those within the workforce, driving employers to change the way they train and retain their employees. While there are many options that address the safety and productivity of every worker regardless of shape or size, the experts at The Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute (SRI) know the solution: ergonomics.

Costs of the Obese Worker

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of Americans, 78.6 million, are obese. This goes beyond overweight citizens, or those with a BMI between 25 and 29.9. Obese people have a BMI of 30 or higher and contribute to an estimated $147 … 

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