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Case Studies

3M reported that following the implementation of an ergonomics program, lost-time injuries from MSDs declined by 58 percent from 1990 to 1996.

After implementing an ergonomics program in 1992, Xerox saw a 24 percent reduction in the number of MSD cases and a 56 percent reduction in direct costs associated with these injuries. As a result, Xerox's ergonomic injury/illness rate in manufacturing is currently 52 percent lower than OSHA's estimated annual incidence rate for its industry group.

Sequins International and Bottom's Up, both small garment manufacturers in New York City, significantly reduced injuries, cut workers' compensation costs and increased productivity after implementing ergonomics programs with the UNITE national and local unions.

The implementation of a comprehensive ergonomics program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University, initiated in 1992, resulted in an 80 percent reduction in MSDs by 1998. The number of surgeries performed on employees also fell, essentially being eliminated.

Intel Corporation reported a 72 percent reduction in the rate of MSDs from 1994 to 1998 after implementing an ergonomics program with 20,000 days away from work avoided, accounting for more than $10 million in direct and indirect savings.

The above is information gathered from the on-line article:

http://www.aflcio.org/issues/safety/ergo/ergo_infopack_goodergo.cfm