Recently, an LCD computer monitor was developed that can assist office workers reduce the risk of developing work-related complications, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain or eyestrain. The hardware, developed by Philips, uses “ErgoSenor” technology to assist people in correcting their behavior and posture.
One of the primary functions of this monitor is to automatically provide workers with feedback about their positioning relative to the monitor. If their body is not ergonomically aligned, or if a person is slouching, the computer will provide a message to correct their posture. Improper alignment significantly increases the risk of contracting carpal tunnel syndrome, a very painful condition that affects wrists and hands.
While not every office will implement this particular health-conscious office solution, there are many practices employers can follow to reduce the risk of their employees developing a repetitive motion injury. Providing other types of ergonomic products happens to be one way to accomplish this goal. The important thing to remember is that these injuries are not just a natural consequence of working, but there are proven measures to mitigate the risks of these particular injuries.
The reality is that many people working in Pennsylvania today were working years before there was a serious effort to design equipment that intended to prevent repetitive motion injuries. Those who are working through the pain of a repetitive motion injury may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the condition developed as a result of work-related duties. In the case that benefits are approved, the employer’s insurance policy may cover treatment for the injury. This way, you can get back to work in a more comfortable and productive state.
Source: The Atlantic, “The Computer Monitor That Can Tell If You’re Slouching,” April 10, 2012