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Home Ergonomics Advice Reduces Workers Comp Costs

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Home Ergonomics Advice Learned From Recent Webinar

Recently, I viewed (or should it be attended?) a webinar on home ergonomics advice from TeamErgo that is owned by Mindy Smith.  I have seen her present at least five or six times over the last 15 years.  If you contact her, she may share the whole presentation with you.

She graciously allowed me to use a few slides from her presentation.  I decided to use three of them to not delve too far into what is an area I know so little about – except that it saves Workers Comp $$ even reducing injuries from home.

My decision to cover ergonomics came from this post on in-home injuries that went viral a few months ago.

If you think that ergonomics may not be worth the time or effort, then check out how ergonomists reduced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by 50% in the workplace saving employers millions in workers’ compensation budgets.

Ergonomics is Risk Management in its most basic form – hands-on cost reduction.

If you click on the thumbnails that I provided below, you should be able to see the whole slide.  I will make comments below each slide. All have ErgoSmith as the copyright holder.  Please click the slide as these are thumbnails to see a larger version.

Slide From Home Ergonomics Advice

This slide covers one of the areas that I suffer from often – computer eye fatigue.  I had recently reviewed a claim where the injured worker had a healing torn cornea.   She worked at the computer 15 hours a day at home.  This slide might have prevented that reoccurrence of symptoms.  The injured worker’s claim was reopened with $40k in reserves as she may have needed corrective surgery.

pic of home ergonomic devices

The advice on how to set up your home workstation/desk is simple yet stress and strain reducing if you sit at a desk at home all day.  This could even apply if/once you return to the office.   I know, stands and footrests seem like expensive options, correct?  Well, then check out slide three on home ergonomics advice – a shocker to me.

No endorsement of brand or equipment- Amazon(c)

A laptop-stand for $17 seems reasonable.  I had always thought that ergonomic equipment was extremely costly.  In some Workers’ Comp claims, I have paid 1,000% more for the same items. This slide from TeamErgo and many of the presentations I have seen by Mindy dispute this point very often.  Ergonomics can be reasonably done.

Conclusion on Home Ergonomics Advice

I think we can call see that good reasonably price home ergonomics is available.   Ergonomics did not stop when your employer transitioned you from an office to home.

This great home ergonomics advice can prevent you from having a remote workers comp incident.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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