An alliance between CorpMed.com, a Boulder, Colo.-based online provider of employee health and training programs, and Kemper Insurance/NATLSCO Ergonomics Consulting Unit, a Chicago-based company with a San Diego office, is expected to decrease workers’ compensation costs and increase ergonomic safety nationwide.
According to the Office of Safety and Health Administration’s national statistics, musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome account for half of all workers’ compensation costs totaling $60 billion annually.
In an effort to reduce these costs, the two companies have created a Web site that can be accessed through an annual subscription with adjusted prices according to company size. This program offers guidance to workers in correctly adjusting their computer workstations.
Dr. Kevin Byrne, president of CorpMed.com, the only medical organization using Internet technology to reach office and factory workers who need health and safety training, said at least 90 percent of the time, corrections have been made to cure cumulative trauma disorders, which can cost up to $100,000 per person in surgery and lost productivity.
Furthermore, the newly accessible program can be accessed by supervisors, revealing corrections leading to increased productivity throughout the workplace.
“Good ergonomics is good economics,” Byrne said.