Sunday, July 30, 2006

"Proper equipment" can prevent many office injuries

The cost of office injuries ...

"Office injuries don’t usually result in spilled blood or crushed limbs, but like other on-the-job injuries, they can result in lost workdays, lost productivity and thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation claims.

The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.’s rates for clerical employers average about 48 cents per $100 in payroll dollars, far lower than the state average of $2.13 per $100, said Jeff Johnson, spokesman for the insurer. By comparison, hospitals pay about $1.50 per $100 in payroll costs, and roofing companies pay about $33 per $100.

... In cases requiring carpal tunnel surgery, a claim can amount to $90,000 to $175,000, counting both direct and indirect costs, according to statistics from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

But carpal tunnel claims overall have been declining in frequency for the past decade, Benson said. “We see lower-back injury, because of the amount of time sitting in one place."   (Continued via Providence Business News)       [Ergonomics Resources]

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