How is your company doing with ergonomics?
Stats that directly attribute reduced workers comp claims and days lost due to work-related injuries due to improved ergonomics are not readily available. Yet recent numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor do shed some light on the downward trend in work-related injuries and illnesses.
As it pertains to one of the industries served by SelecTech flooring products—manufacturing—the statistics offer some assumptions about how workplace safety, including ergonomics, are having an impact for the better. For example:
- The incidence rate of total recordable cases of work-related injuries and illnesses in manufacturing decreased in 2017; however, the Days Away from Work (DAFW rate) was unchanged from 2016 at 93 cases per 10,000 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) workers. There were 115,550 DAFW cases in manufacturing, which was essentially unchanged from 2016. The average number of days away from work in manufacturing was eight, one day fewer than in 2016
In terms of specific types of injury, the kind that are related to ergonomics, the results were similar:
- The number of DAFW cases where the event or exposure was overexertion and bodily reaction fell 1,690 cases to 40,680 in 2017. The rate decreased to 32.7 cases per 10,000 FTE workers from 34.1 in 2016.
- Sprains, strains, and tears was the leading type of injury in manufacturing at 34,110, unchanged from 2016. The rate of 27.5 cases per 10,000 FTE workers was also unchanged from 2016. The median days away for injuries from sprains, strains, and tears was 10, one day fewer than in 2016.
Again, we’re not attributing these statistics to only ergonomics. Certainly, it’s a mix of ergonomics, installation of safety measures, better training, perhaps increased supervision, improved facilities, etc. Yet you have to believe ergonomics play a factor in these numbers and the trend toward fewer work-related illnesses and injuries.
FreeStyle flooring products offer significantly enhanced comfort-under-foot and therefore better ergonomics for workers on their feet.
To find out how our flooring products can improve the ergonomics in your workplace, call 508-583-3200.
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