The cost of back pain in the workplace

Back pain has been among the top workplace injuries affecting millions of workers in the country every year. Workers at farms, construction sites, factories, even at offices, are all at risk of back pain. Unfortunately, this could have been prevented if the workplace had set up periodic physical capacity testing among employers to determine their risk of back injury and to identify work duties suitable for them.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated that every year, approximately 186 million work days are lost due to back pain. On the other hand, a separate statistics by the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index revealed that $51.1 billion are being spent annually in direct workers’ compensation in the country due to disabling work-related injuries, such as back pain. This equates to more than $1 billion of workers’ compensation paid by businesses every week, a cost which may tremendously affect their overall health.

At WorkSTEPS, we are equipped with state of the art functional capabilities tests and highly effective workplace wellness solutions to help you achieve greater productivity while reducing injury costs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can offer.

Wellness programs may reduce ergonomics-related injuries

Workers whose tasks require repetitive, prolonged, and forceful motions are at most risk of ergonomics injuries. Work-related injuries due to poor ergonomics include carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back problems, which account for a significant amount of hours lost at work, decreased productivity, and substantial compensation payments.

To prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries and discomforts, employers are urged to have a proactive approach in improving workplace ergonomics. Harmful positions at work can be ardently addressed through providing ergonomically correct workstations. Wellness programs that consist of group training for workplace efficiency and one on one health consultation have also been proven to decrease the number of ergonomics-related injuries.

Having a successful wellness program may translate to higher levels of work satisfaction and worker retention. Our team at WorkSTEPS can help you advocate for your employees and your business through wellness programs specifically designed for your company’s needs. For more information about how we can be of help, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

Should employers worry about hypertension in the workplace?

Hypertension, or the increased pressure in the walls of the blood vessels, is among the most common health concerns in the country today. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults in the U.S., or 67 million Americans, suffer from high blood pressure.

There are many different factors that may contribute towards the development of this condition: stress at work, tobacco use, an underlying medical condition, and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, hypertension may cause prolonged employee absence, and compromised concentration and work performance due to its accompanying symptoms.

Because an employees’ health directly affects the company’s well-being, it is very important for employers to have a proactive approach in keeping their workers’ blood pressure regulated. Setting up wellness programs for blood pressure management, as well as introducing workplace programs for stress reduction and smoking cessation, may all contribute towards a healthier and more productive workforce.

If you want to learn more about our onsite wellness programs, consult with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today.