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Importance of Ergonomics

Teaching Safety in a Seemingly Safe Environment

Workers in different industries are exposed to a variety of unique risk factors that could affect their health and wellness. But no matter if you’re lifting heavy boxes or sitting at an office desk, all workers have the right to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. This is where ergonomics come into play. Good ergonomics adapt the job to fit the person, rather than forcing the person to fit the job. Protecting employees from ergonomic injuries should be a top priority for all businesses. However, no business can ever be injury-proof, and accidents can happen even with the proper safety procedures and training in place.

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6 Tips to Reduce Workstation Aches and Pains

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Safe With Society
As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Computers have made us a more productive workforce, but employees who sit or stand all day in front of a computer workstation may suffer from aches and pains caused by poor body mechanics. Poor posture causes muscles to work harder when they are held in prolonged positions, such as sitting at a desk all day or standing in one position for several hours at a time. When poor body mechanics are matched with an incorrect workstation set-up (i.e. equipment that is too high or too low) aches and pains can be the result.

In most situations, these six simple adjustments to the workstation can reduce or eliminate the stressful position: (more…)