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The Cost of Waiting
- Absenteeism and lost productivity can cost up to 20 times the amount of direct expenses.
- Repetitive motion injuries, the number one work hazard in California, have increased 18.5% in seven years.
- Workers' Compensation premiums cost American industry more than $60 billion annually, triple the amount spent a decade earlier.
- In 2001, the average Workers' Comp claim for carpal tunnel syndrome cost $14,000, with median jury awards in the $50,000 range.
- Of all workplace injuries, 70% are back or repetitive motion injuries that are related.
- California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8 Section 5110 — Repetitive Motion Injuries
- ADA — Public Law 101-336 and Title I: Employment Regulations — Equal Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
What You Can Do to Reduce Your Company's Exposure to Workers' Compensation Costs
- Use ergonomic principles, training and education to ensure that you meet the demands of the workplace safely.
- Follow up on evaluated employees. An ergo recheck visit is very beneficial after the employee is using new equipment.
- Use peer-to-peer training and develop a team approach.
- Get managers' and supervisors' buy-in by educating them, developing incentive programs and involving them in the ergonomic process as much as possible.