Companies Should Pay More Attention to Staff Back Problems, says Weymouth Chiropractor
1:34pm 16th January 2013
A Weymouth Chiropractor is urging firms to help their staff with bad posture before they get sued.
Mat Hansson says he's seeing an increase in work related health problems at his centre on the Granby, caused by poor seating at work stations and IT facilities.
To help Dorset businesses get it right - Matt is now offering employers free advice.
He explained: "There is a question I always ask people - is your posture killing you? It's strong I know but bad posture means bad health. Bad health kills and people need to be aware of that.
"Unfortunately ensuring good posture in the work place is not necessarily a priority for business owners, especially in these days of economic hardship. But the alternative might be very expensive.
"Employers have a duty to look after their staff's health and welfare. That means providing seating, work stations and other facilities that encourage and maintain good posture.
"Failure to do so could prove tricky for Dorset firms, as has proved the case in America. Over there a number of high-profile companies have been successfully sued by employees who have suffered because of bad posture.
"Obviously there's a big sue culture in the States but it's only a matter of time before we see the same thing happening in the UK. And if what's happened over there is anything to go by, it could be very costly to company owners."
With poor posture leading to a range of ailments, Dr Hansson says it makes sense for companies to help prevent it.
"Bad posture can cause a whole multitude of problems", he explained. "From back pain to headaches, to breathing difficulties and fatigue. These sort of conditions will obviously lead to staff sickness and so it makes perfect sense to do what you can to help as an employer.
"Small, inexpensive alterations to things like keyboard and monitor positions can make a big difference to people's health. They can also help ensure that there is no danger of costly legal action in the future."