Workplaces safe from hazardous conditions have lower costs due to decreased lost time, absenteeism, worker compensation premiums, etc. Ergonomics programs have been shown to be cost effective for similar reasons. In addition, ergonomic improvements may result in increased productivity and higher product quality.
Take a look at your OSHA 300 Log. I am willing to bet that 30%-50% of the recordable injuries your organization experiences are due to ergonomics-related injuries from pulling, pushing, lifting, lowering and/or twisting. If you develop a program that dedicates a couple of employees on the safety committee or safety staff to analyzing and evaluating ergonomic risk factors in the workplace, and if your employer follows through with their recommendations, your direct and indirect accident costs may be dramatically lowered.