The cost of back pain in the workplace

Back pain has been among the top workplace injuries affecting millions of workers in the country every year. Workers at farms, construction sites, factories, even at offices, are all at risk of back pain. Unfortunately, this could have been prevented if the workplace had set up periodic physical capacity testing among employers to determine their risk of back injury and to identify work duties suitable for them.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated that every year, approximately 186 million work days are lost due to back pain. On the other hand, a separate statistics by the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index revealed that $51.1 billion are being spent annually in direct workers’ compensation in the country due to disabling work-related injuries, such as back pain. This equates to more than $1 billion of workers’ compensation paid by businesses every week, a cost which may tremendously affect their overall health.

At WorkSTEPS, we are equipped with state of the art functional capabilities tests and highly effective workplace wellness solutions to help you achieve greater productivity while reducing injury costs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can offer.

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