According to the Safe Work Australia estimations, work-related injuries cost the Australian economy $60.6 billion.
The report indicates that the injured workers' costs included lost income and non-compensated medical expenses, community costs included social welfare payments, medical and health scheme costs as well as lost potential output and revenue while employers' costs included lost productivity, recruitment and retraining costs and fines, in addition to penalties for breaching work health and safety laws. But only a minor percentage of the costs are covered under insurance.
At 20%, the back accounts for the highest among injury hotspots, causing muscle stress/ strain from bending over or lifting heavy materials. Horsfall believes that people have to respond better to any incident by taking measures to avoid a repeat.
According to Nathan Horsfall, Director of Optimum Handling Solutions, people don’t take ergonomic measures more seriously because they aren’t being proactive enough. He says that business proprietors, employers and companies must not assume workers’ compensation insurance would have them completely protected or covered in the event of an incident.
However, there are solutions available in the market that can eliminate workplace risks. Optimum Handling Solutions for instance, offers a comprehensive range of materials handling equipment that defines ‘ergonomics in action’ and is designed to simplify lifting, shifting and stacking.
Materials handling systems from Optimum Handling Solutions
are designed to promote ergonomics at the workplace and prevent potential injury situations.