Back pain is one of the most common workplace injuries, and many of these injuries are due to poor ergonomics in the workplace. Even ordinary work that requires no special strength or agility, such as sitting in an office chair or performing heavy lifting, can cause back pain. Applying ergonomic principles can reduce work-related back injuries and back pain.
The typical American worker is on the job about 2,000 hours each year, according to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and all this time toiling can take a toll on workers’ bodies – especially their backs. Of all occupational illnesses or injuries, back pain is one of the top reasons people miss work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Back pain is often the result of poor ergonomics in the workplace.
ABOUT WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS
Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace, task, and equipment to fit the worker with the goal of improving efficiency and reducing injuries.
Back pain and repetitive stress injuries can occur to both white and blue-collar workers. Workplace ergonomics help both types of employees avoid accidental and repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck strain, leg pain, and back pain.
People who work in physically demanding occupations, especially in those jobs that require heavy lifting, are at greatest risk for back injury. Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care are at higher risk for back pain, for example, as are construction or factory workers. For these workers, ergonomics focuses on using the proper tools and body mechanics to avoid musculoskeletal injuries.
Individuals who sit most of the workday, such as those who sit in an office chair to work at a computer, are also at high risk for back pain and repetitive motion injuries. Ergonomics for these workers includes providing office chairs that maximize back support and promote good posture, and adjusting these office chairs to the correct height for each worker. Office ergonomic practices also include taking frequent breaks and stretching occasionally.
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