Musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, trigger finger, and lower back injuries, were responsible for about 33% of all work injuries in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These disorders affect the muscles, nerves, bones, ligaments, blood vessels, and tendons, and are often caused by overexertion. Repetitive motions, such as typing, lifting heavy loads, or working at an assembly line, may all contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. However, creating an ergonomic work environment could help prevent these injuries.
What Is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science of creating a work space to maximize the comfort and efficiency of workers. Instead of forcing employees to work in an environment that is not suited to their needs, employers can create an environment that is tailored to their employees. This will help promote the safety and wellbeing of workers, as well as increase their efficiency.
Types of Ergonomic Equipment
Ergonomic equipment makes it easier for employees to do their job without suffering musculoskeletal injuries. For example, ergonomic chairs help reduce the strain on your lower back and keep your posture aligned while you sit at a desk all day. Ergonomic keyboards can also help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by supporting your wrists and fingers. Other types of ergonomic equipment are designed to lift and transport heavy loads. This will help protect workers from back, shoulder, neck, and arm strain. No matter what industry you are in, ergonomic equipment can help you enjoy a safe and comfortable work environment.
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