In my previous blog I cited an article in the Star Tribune that was about a auto parts company that has their workers performing Pilates as a way to prevent injuries and reduce workers’ compensation costs. Two questions came to mind when I read that article. The first question “Is an exercise class the best way to lower workers’ compensation costs?” and second, “What is the cost/benefit of having such a program?” I answered the first question in my previous blog so now let’s look at the cost/benefit of an exercise program, in other words what is the return on investment (ROI).
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Recently there was an article in the Star Tribune about a auto dismantling company who started weekly Pilates classes for their workers who are required to participate. The owners of the company, Ace Auto Parts, stated they hope the exercises will “help strengthen backs and shoulders and improve balance in ways that will ultimately reduce their workers’ compensation bills.” (http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/103902038.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU). The story goes on to say that their
Ergonomics is a term that is foreign to most people. The most common understanding of ergonomics relates to the office setting and usually involves the chair or keyboard. The office setting does fall into the realm of ergonomics but it is just one piece. The International Ergonomics Association formally defines ergonomics or human factors (these words are interchangeable) as: