Workplace Ergonomics

We fit the workplace to the worker.

Good sitting posture is critical for productive and healthy work, and the key to good ergonomics is to understand how the body works best.  When the body is supported to move properly, work is naturally safer and more comfortable, but it will also be more productive.

Most people do not have a problem with their job or their workstation, and we can presume their workstation fits. Many also people wear the same size shoe and pants, too, but can we presume that same size will work for everyone? We often see pain symptoms when work place dimensions are off by more than an inch or two. The average workstation is designed for the average man, and larger or more petite people are more prone to trouble. 

How the spine moves in the chair for work and rest is the key to seated health. Cumulative trauma occurs when the workstation does not allow the body to function well, and good sitting postures become nearly impossible to maintain. What we think is a “good ergonomic chair” may not do the job it needs to do, especially when it does not support the body to do the work. 

Approval from the Supervisor, the Claims Representative and the Physician may be required for the recommendations.  Approved vendors and products may be needed. 

Competent installation may be necessary at the work location, and a follow-up visit and report is usually advised to document that everything is working properly.  Further delays are likely if the products do not work as imagined, and either a new problem needs resolution, or a different product and solution are needed, losing even more time and productivity. 

Experience from thousands of claims tells us that the beginning of the injury is the most critical stage! The cause and effect of cumulative trauma on the body is dependent on the stage of injury.  The spectrum can range from the early stage with intermittent symptoms, to the end-stage, and total disability. It is much easier to solve the problem early, rather than choose to neglect proper care.  We know what to do when people have work restrictions and claims, and we can accommodate them. We also know how to prevent the problem in the first place.