Why prevent MSDs?
In the case of MSDs, the adage “Prevention is better than cure” takes on its full meaning. Indeed, the financial cost for an employer who has to deal with an MSD is enormous compared to the cost of implementing a prevention plan.
While it is estimated that an occupational disease affecting a single employee’s shoulder costs the employer more than €50,000, the implementation of simple handling aid solutions represents only a few thousand euros for all employees.
Moreover, the hazards related to absences, productivity decreases and work-related malaise must be added as invisible but very real costs for companies.
Based on this observation, it is essential for any company manager to fight upstream against the appearance of MSDs!