Peak Ergonomics: By the Numbers*


Body Part Sprain or StrainAvg. MedicalAvg. PPDAvg. TTDTotal DirectIndirect 1.2 XTotal Cost
Ankle$21,996$10,269$3,704$35,969$43,163$79,132
Elbow$20,895$15,873$4,528$41,296$49,555$90,851
Hip$29,290$17,894$2,942$50,126$60,151$110,277
Knee$20,536$10,392$3,757$34,685$41,622$76,307
Low Back$26,512$22,466$4,767$53,745$64,494$118,239
Mid Back$14,124$14,830$2,766$31,720$38,064$69,784
Neck$34,367$28,160$4,495$67,022$80,426$147,448
Shoulder$23,475$14,109$2,971$40,555$48,666$89,221
Wrist$14,295$11,987$1,974$28,256$33,907$62,163
Carpal Tunnel$16,305$18,629$2,003$36,937$44,324$81,261

Aging Workforce Numbers

  1. 25% of the workforce is 55 years and older
  2. 17% of the workforce is 65 years and older
  3. The aging workforce will continue to climb until 2020

2017 Missouri Data
Obesity Rate = 32.5%
Overweight Rate = 35.4%

Obesity Epidemic Data

Obese Workers VS Non-Obese Workers

  • Twice the number of workers’ compensation claims
  • Seven times higher medical costs
  • Lost 13 times more days of work

Obesity increases workers’ compensation costs¹

DURHAM, N.C. — Gaining too much weight can be as bad for an employer’s bottom line as it is for a person’s waistline.

A Duke University Medical Center analysis found that obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness than did nonobese workers.

 

¹Public release date: 23-Apr-2007
Contact: Richard Merritt
Merri006@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center

 

 

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