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Ergonomic Assessments


Ergonomics is the science of matching working environments with the needs and capabilities of workers. At

EHSPR we understand how the human body interacts with the technology and workplace design. 

 

Industrial ergonomics is the field of ergonomics focused on the study of how people use and interact with work

equipment and workplaces, as well as the application of this knowledge to improve occupational efficiency and

safety. This field includes the design of physical objects such as tools, workstations, and workplace layout as a

whole. 

 

The most prominent area of industrial ergonomics is the creation of safer and more effective workplace equipment

and procedures, often called physical ergonomics. Occupational injures, "Cumulative Trauma Disorders" (CTD), are

often the result of muscular and skeletal damage that accumulates over time from factors such as posture,

muscle overexertion, and repetitive motion. 

 

The physical strain of working, particularly for those who perform repetitive tasks, can damage an employee's body, contribute to health problems, and ultimately have a negative effect on the employee's job performance. Let EHSPR evaluate your problem areas using our assessment protocols. Through our assessment process we can make recommendations and even establish supporting evidence in the defense or denial of potential work comp claims where repetitive motion is not a factor. 

 

Why would we mention defense of denial? It's simple, not all personal health issues (CTD's) are work related. In fact a majority of the population will experience some level of CTD merely as they grow older from normal life activities. Some state legislators are beginning to understand the work relationship necessary to establish a work related injury. Tennessee for example in 2013 change its definition of an injury as follows:


The causation analysis will also be affected by the new law, which changes the definition of injury to include an injury by accident, a mental injury, occupational disease, or cumulative trauma condition arising primarily out of and in the course and scope of employment.  Two years ago, the "primarily" standard was introduced for repetitive trauma conditions and the new law will now apply it to all injuries.  "Primarily" is defined to mean that the employment contributed more than 50% percent in causing the injury, considering all causes, as established by a preponderance of the evidence.  The opinion of the treating physician shall be presumed correct on the issue of causation, but this presumption may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence.

This is where EHSPR can help. Let us put our years of field experience to work for you. Remember we were manager’s first then consultants. We understand how business works and we can make a difference!