Ergonomics & Preventing Strain Injuries

What are strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders?

Strain injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders, are injuries or pain in the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support the limbs, neck and back. Strain injuries can occur in the wrists, elbows, spine and knees. The most common are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and lower back pain.

Risk factors

Although individual health and characteristics (age, sex, weight, etc.) must be taken into account, recent studies show that strain injuries are the result of a combination of several risk factors:

  • Biomechanical factors: repetitive movements, excessive strain and/or forceful movements, awkward posture and joint positions, exposure to cold, vibrations, etc.
  • Organizational factors: workstation organization and environment
  • Psychosocial factors: how work is perceived by employees, stress from time pressure, etc.

In every company, the combination of risk factors is different, which is why we make a point of getting a clear understanding of each work situation.

Neoditech solutions

Since 2007, we have been developing ergonomic handling and lifting systems. Our primary goal is to optimize postures and reduce the physical strain on operators during their tasks.

Prevention through ergonomics

The term “ergonomics” derives from the Greek words “ergon,” meaning work, and “nomos,” meaning natural laws. In essence, ergonomics is the science of adapting work to suit human capabilities and well-being, thereby improving working conditions.

To achieve this, we consider all work-related aspects, including physiological, psychological, social, objective, and subjective factors.

This comprehensive approach ensures operator satisfaction, comfort, and overall health, leading to improved operational efficiency and productivity gains for the company.

Key figures

Musculoskeletal disorders represent 80% of the occupational diseases reported to France’s state health insurance scheme.

Direct costs of various occupational diseases:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: 11,000€
  • Lower back pain: 52,000€
  • Frozen shoulder: 80,000€

Direct costs of workplace accidents:

  • Average cost of a workplace accident: 3,000€
  • Average cost of a handling-related workplace accident: 4,500€

Indirect costs:

For the employee:

  • Sick leave
  • Medical costs (treatment, hospitalization, physical therapy, etc.)
  • Loss of wages
  • Disability
  • Return to work

For the company:

  • Liability of the owner
  • Civil liability
  • Loss of production
  • Replacement
  • Training

Sources: French Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Health.

ROI Calculator:

Neoditech provides an application to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) for our collaborative robots.
Here is everything you need to know!

What is ROI?
The ROI calculator helps determine the return on investment for our products.

How does it work?
Simply enter the following data:

  • Your gross hourly rate
  • The number of operators currently dedicated to handling
  • The desired number of operators after installing our equipment
  • The number of hours devoted to handling per day
  • The number of working days per month
  • The multiplying factor for the number of handling hours

Once you input this data, our calculator will provide you with the minimum time required to fully amortize the collaborative robot.

Feel free to contact us at +33 (0)2 40 46 15 71 or by email at info@neoditech if you’re interested in a simulation.