33% That’s the proportion of all worker injury and illness cases that are caused by musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Common examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, trigger finger, low back injuries, and arthritis. Although they can also be traumatic, most MSDs occur gradually over time as a result of prolonged and continuous exposure to vibration, contact stress, awkward postures, bending and twisting and other so called workplace stressors to which workers are exposed in doing their jobs.
8 out of 10 That’s how many people are estimated to experience back pain sometime in their life, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Back pain is largely preventable via implementation of ergonomic measures designed to fit the job to the worker so as to reduce stress on the back.
8 days Is the median days absent for MSDs, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly two weeks of workdays for everyone who experiences an MSD could be prevented in your workplace if ergonomics are a priority.
strong>$45 to $54 billion Are the annual economic costs of MSDs for just the United States, according to the Institute of Medicine. Do you want to pay out any percentage of that cost year after year?
25 to 54 That’s the age range which the CDC accounts for 79% of MSD cases. Both younger and senior employees can be affected by poor ergonomics. In fact, this shows that it is more likely for employees to be affected by poor ergonomics well before their retirement age!