Phoenix-based CopperPoint Insurance Companies says work-station ergonomics can affect employee health and even cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Adapting tasks, work areas, tools and equipment to the workers, rather than forcing workers to adapt, can help reduce physical stress on a worker and prevent potentially serious, disabling work-related MSDs.
MSDs, also called ergonomic injuries, account for more than 30 percent of all workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average recuperation time from such injuries is 11 days.
Potential causes of MSDs include repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles, awkward or fixed postures and forceful exertions from carrying or lifting heavy loads.
Common injuries and symptoms include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, reduced range of motion, pain, swelling and numbness or tingling.