Do you have employees requesting the latest in ergonomic workstations. Take a look at the latest injury and fatigue statistics before letting your company jump in.
A new Wall Street Journal report shows the hottest ergo workstations and furniture pose risks (based on studies at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Tennessee):
- Workers who sit on stability balls (rubber, inflatable spheres) start experiencing discomfort after just one hour.
- People type 16% slower (on average) while walking on a treadmill vs. sitting.
- About 83% of standing workers are at higher risk of chronic vein problems, primarily in the legs.
- People experience a 6%-11% deterioration in mouse-clicking and math-problem-solving skills while walking on a treadmill.
Then there are the costs. Some walkstations run as much as $4,000.
Factor in an ergonomic injury and the price tag goes a lot higher. Bottom line: Research high-tech ergo workstations and furniture before giving the green light.
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