Strains and sprains, and material handling incidents are two of the leading causes of workplace injuries; and yet they are largely preventable through improved employee behaviors and physical conditioning. Although safety is about more than dollars, injuries certainly still impact your bottom line affecting productivity, corporate image, contract bidding competitiveness, and employee morale.
Health and safety are fundamentally linked. Many of today’s most common injuries occur as a result of stressed and deconditioned bodies. Healthy bodies are stronger, less likely to be injured, and recover from injury quicker. Addressing employee work behaviors in conjunction with improving their work task and safety awareness can have a significant positive impact on your company injury risks and costs.
Studies show that employees who are stressed are 33% more likely to make errors on the job. In addition, if people are overweight, sedentary, have poor strength, or poor flexibility they also have a much greater risk of breaking down while performing physical work.
Healthy lifestyles which help employees better manage their energy and stress can improve work performance and reduce the the risk of errors and accidents. In addition, healthy and active people with improved strength and endurance also have a lower risk of overexertion. Improving the personal health and lifestyle of your employees along with educating them on ergonomics, manual handling, and safer work practices is effective at not only reducing their risk of injury at work, but it also enhancing their overall health and quality of life.
An obese employee has 2x the risk of injury, at 7x the cost of treatment, and takes an average 13x longer to return to work than a healthy weight colleague. Duke University, 2010