How to Reduce Your Risk of Ergonomic Injuries
What’s At Stake
One size does not fit all when it comes to work equipment. Whenever a worker has to modify or adjust himself to perform a work task, the “mis”fit causes stress and strain on the body.
What’s The Danger
If the task needs to be performed only occasionally, it doesn’t typically become a problem. But the strain of performing a task repetitively during one work shift or over a period of days, weeks, months and sometimes years can cause chronic ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses that become serious, requiring time off work or surgery.
Workers who spend several hours a day or more in front of a computer screen stand a 90-percent chance of experiencing some of the symptoms of CVS at some point in their careers. The symptoms of CVS can cut into productivity and result in worker discomfort. Practice the 20/20/20 rule to avoid the symptoms of CVS.
Nobody knows your job like you do, so speak up if you have an idea on how your work or workstation could be made better from an ergonomic point of view.