According to a study done by the Stanford University Department of Civil Engineering, indirect costs of worker’s compensation claims often exceed the direct costs. For example, a fracture on average generates direct costs (primarily medical expenses and wage replacement) of $50,000. However, the indirect costs, e.g., workplace disruption, downtime/overtime and lost productivity, were estimated at $55,000.
The economic value to an employer of using MSDR® assessments for initial baselining and annual re-baselining stems from identifying both year-over-year changes and changes compared with baseline scores that can be monitored and acted upon to avoid these costly injuries and disruptions.
The following graphic shows an example of how tracking MSDR® score trends over time can enable an employer to identify potential MSD problems.
In four of the five job classifications (jobs A, B, D and E) moderate changes are occurring. Scores for job C are trending much higher and demonstrating more risk. Flagging this job classification prompts review of working conditions that are contributing to this situation and alerts the employer to the need for appropriate corrective measures.