If work is performed in awkward postures or with excessive effort, fatigue and discomfort may be the result. Under these conditions muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels can be damaged. Injuries of this type are known as musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. MSDs can increase the cost of doing business both directly and indirectly.
Direct costs may include medical services and higher workers’ compensation premiums. Indirect costs from increased employee turnover, absenteeism, and retraining may also occur. Productivity, product quality and employee morale may also suffer. Estimates indicate that the indirect costs associated with MSDs may be four to ten times higher than the direct costs. Simple solutions such as Anti-fatigue matting can help to improve your bottom line.