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Definition of Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design in the workplace that is intended to maximize productivity by reducing employee discomfort and fatigue. The actual meaning of ergonomics is human factors. Ergonomics is concerned with understanding the interactions of humans with the other elements of a system. It applies theoretical principles, methods and data for the purpose of optimizing human well being and overall system performance. Good ergonomics improve both efficiency and productivity.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), work-related musculoskeletal disorders that are related to ergonomics are the most widespread occupational health hazard that is facing the United States at the current time. OSHA states that almost two million workers sustain musculoskeletal disorders every year, and 600,000 workers lose time at work as a result. If ergonomics was a major factor in your work-related injury or illness, you should be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. If your employer is trying to keep you from filing for these benefits or has denied you these benefits, you should contact a workers' compensation attorney who can help you get the benefits that are rightfully yours.

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