Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) significantly impact various industries, costing American businesses over $45 billion annually due to workers’ compensation, insurance premiums, and productivity losses. BIAC emphasizes education on MSD risks, offering resources including OSHA guidelines and industry-specific data on their blog and case studies page.
MSDs encompass injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system, such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis. Work-related MSDs (WRMSDs) are often caused by factors like forceful exertion, awkward postures, repetitive motion, and extreme environmental conditions. Recognizing and addressing these risks is crucial for workplace safety and cost reduction.
Liberty Mutual reports that overexertion-related injuries cost employers $13.4 billion yearly. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 data showed 33% of occupational injuries requiring time off were MSD-related. The costs extend beyond medical bills, including indirect expenses like training replacements and legal costs, typically 1.1 times the direct costs. On average, a musculoskeletal injury can cost an employer between $48,000 to $67,000 per incident.
To prevent MSDs, it’s important to design tasks accommodating a significant portion of the workforce. Equipment like Cabinet Lifts, Server/Equipment Lifts and motorized tugs/carts can reduce strain in various industries. BIAC offers both standard and custom ergonomic solutions to address these challenges. For more details on equipment and prevention strategies, visiting www.racklift.com website or contacting their engineers is recommended.