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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) are on the rise. These injuries represent 60% of reported occupational illnesses in the U.S. The private employment sector is shelling out over $25 billion per year in direct costs from absenteeism and workers compensation claims. Indirect costs are estimated at four times that amount.
This increase in reported cases is partly due to the fact that certain soft tissue injuries are becoming more clearly linked to the duties employees perform at work. OSHA has begun recognizing the factors that lead to such injuries at the federal level. California and other states are in the process of developing and instituting more stringent regulations for state OSHA programs to ensure that employers follow good ergonomic practices.
- Performing the same motion or series of motions over and over
- Being forced to work in one position or in an unnatural posture
- Using tools or equipment that vibrate or have repeated high impact
- Repeatedly exerting the same manual force task
- Frequent heavy lifting – especially when unassisted
There are many different strategies for reducing the incidence of RMI in the workplace. One solution to improve posture and make industrial work less likely to cause injury is through the use of ergonomic work benches in assembly and technical support areas.
At StoreMoreStore, we carry top of the line adjustable benches and tables including kitting workstations and electronic assembly workstations. These adjustable work benches allow each employee to set the appropriate and easily change the work surface height for their personal workspace. That way, they can rest their arms and avoid hunching over and prolonged body positions that promote repetitive motions injuries.
Technical work benches and ergonomic workstations also include a rolled front table edge to reduce pressure on an employee’s forearms. A footrest offers the option for workers to elevate their feet and take weight off their thighs throughout the day. When employees are supported with appropriate ergonomic furniture, they are less prone to repetitive motion injuries. Employers benefit from fewer workers’ comp claims, higher productivity, less worker fatigue, and better quality workmanship.
These days, employees expect to have an office chair that’s height adjustable. It’s the industry standard since it makes so much sense ergonomically. However, even employers who recognize that employees have different requirements for seating don’t always realize that the same thing applies to worksurfaces.
A desk that is too high or too low can cause discomfort and promote musculoskeletal problems over time. An improperly positioned worksurface can make a worker’s arms rest at an uncomfortable angle on the desk edge when operating a mouse or keyboard. A surface that is set too low may prompt taller workers to slump. Employees may adjust their chair height to compensate a little. But then they can end up putting too much pressure on the backs of their thighs and interfering with leg circulation. A real solution is one that lets workers adjust their desk work surface height as easily as they do their task chair.
- We have adjustable rectangular and corner units available for maximum space efficiency
- These adjustable table style desks are less bulky than a traditional workstation and can be combined with the filing pedestals or other storage solutions of your choice
- These desks are effortlessly adjustable with push button action to automatically raise or lower the worksurface
- An adjustable adjustable shared workstation is ideal for shift work (such as call center jobs) since each worker can just push a button to adjust the worksurface to his/her requirements
- Employees can adjust their desk height to work standing instead of seated at any time throughout the day to enhance circulation and make them ergonomically correct
- These height adjustable desks can be used with your existing panel systems with minimal retrofitting
- All VariTask bases have Greenguard indoor Air Quality Certification for Children and schools by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
At StoreMoreStore, we keep our eye out for ways to help employers be ADA compliant. These Height Adjustable Workstations or work tables are a great option for employees with disabilities. The offset leg configuration means employees can roll or scoot up close to the worksurface with no obstruction on the sides. They can also quickly and easily adjust the desk to accommodate the height of their particular wheelchair or scooter model.
Flexible, Ergonomic, Green, ADA Compliant…what more could you ask for in an adjustable desk or workstation?