Employers can help cut absence due to back pain, says equipment supplier

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Employers can help reduce back pain absenteeism

Employers can help reduce back pain absenteeism

Employers can help reduce staff absenteeism brought on by back pain if they encourage employees to improve their posture, claims the workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

Figures from the NHS show back pain remains the most common cause of workplace absence and will affect seven out of 10 people at some point in their lives.

Whilst back pain is uncomfortable, it is not normally serious and in most cases the cause can be linked to the way that the bones, muscles and ligaments in the back work together, said Slingsby.

It is most common in people aged between 35 and 55 years so nearly all workplaces will be affected by it at some point.

Lee Wright, marketing director of Slingsby, said: “Manual handling and lifting remain a common cause of back pain but surprisingly a lot of problems are the result of employees having to maintain uncomfortable and unnatural positions for long periods of time. This applies to those that are stood as well as seated.

“This doesn’t have to be the case though as most scenarios can be prevented. There is a wide range of equipment available that can overcome almost every type of eventuality and the result for employers is far less absenteeism so everyone benefits.”