The cost of work-related injuries is estimated in the billions of dollars. Research indicates that specifically back pain accounts for more than half of all disabled workers, and this is affecting all industries. Recently, it has been said that sitting is the new smoking. Most people who sit for long periods at their computer understand this and it is why more professionals than ever before are looking to ergonomics for a solution.
Studies show that sitting too frequently throughout the day significantly increases health risks such as premature heart failure.
People who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die from heart attacks.
Source: Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Radiologist are at Risk
56.9% of Radiologists work more than 8 hours at a workstation
87%* of Radiologists reported experiencing physical discomfort
66%* of Radiologists reported significant eye fatigue
The Physical Results of Poor Ergonomics
Poor ergonomics can lead to repetitive strain injuries (RSI), pain, discomfort, headaches, and fatigue. Radiologists are especially susceptible to RSIs. The areas most affected are:
71.2% experience neck pain
57.7% experience shoulder pain
46.8% experience back pain
45.4% experience wrist and hand pain
> 60% of radiologists currently suffer from repetitive strain injuries
Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology, 2014 Study
Respondents said their pain level increased after implementation of a PACS workstation. However, those who underwent ergonomic training and/or used ergonomic equipment reported a significant decrease in pain, according to the authors.
4 Ways Ergonomic Workspaces Help Eliminate Risk
A well designed ergonomic environment provides equipment that allows for change of positions throughout the day while maintaining proper ergonomic postures.
A well designed ergonomic environment provides reading rooms with proper ergonomic lighting and acoustical treatment.
A well designed ergonomic environment manages peripheral devices and cabling to reduce clutter and distractions.
A well designed ergonomic environment provides work spaces that foster opportunities for collaboration and achievement of productivity goals.
* Source: 2014 study conducted by The MarkTech Group
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