For most Americans, the mention of a workplace injury conjures images of a construction accident, slips, falls from great heights, or other dramatic—and traumatic—injuries. In today’s information-based society, however, injuries and repetitive-motion disorders connected to office work are becoming increasingly common. The story of one reporter’s issues is found here.
At Cornell University; the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory states that 80% of office employees report work-related aches and pains—including some serious musculoskeletal disorders. While some workplace injuries in an office setting are the result of falls or heavy lifting, many stem from repetitive motions. These injuries often affect the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands.
The Real Numbers
According to the United State Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal illnesses and injuries reported in 2017—including sore muscles, joint pain, sprains, and cuts. Even something as simple as typing can take a toll. An average typist—pressing 6,000 keystrokes each hour—applies 20 tons of force to their fingers during the work week.
Find What Works
While many regulations—such as those published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—establish recommendations for keyboards or mice—those standards are based entirely on comfort. They do not address long-term health concerns. Sadly, experts warn against relying on an “ergonomic” product label—as there is no certification process to verify specific benefits.
Evidence supports taking breaks and moving away from repetitive tasks throughout the workday One study of typists found those who sat for long periods experienced a 22% increase in mental fatigue. In contrast, those standing for extended periods felt increased musculoskeletal discomfort. Those who altered their positions reported a 3% percent reduction in overall discomfort.
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