Some Companies Find Ergonomics Is Good for Business

By Michael Rosenwald The Boston Globe | THE JOURNAL RECORD, March 19, 2001 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Some Companies Find Ergonomics Is Good for Business


Michael Rosenwald The Boston Globe, THE JOURNAL RECORD


James Knott isn't shedding any tears over Congress's decision this week to repeal workplace ergonomic rules.

The owner of the Riverdale Mills in Northbridge, Mass. has been outspoken about the rules, calling them "crazy, absolutely crazy."

It's not that he doesn't care about his workers' safety. Knott's ire -- along with many business owners across the country -- was directed at the complexity of the 600-some pages of rules, their trumping of workers compensation laws, and the idea that he wasn't doing enough to prevent repetitive stress injuries to his employees.

But for all the employers like Knott, union leaders and physicians say there are dozens more who could care less -- the precise reason why the rules, they say, were needed to begin with.

"This action went beyond adding insult to injury," said Nancy Lessin, the health and safety coordinator for the Massachusetts AFL- CIO. "It added injury to injury. There are way too many employers out there who have not and will not make these changes."

The ergonomics rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were aimed at preventing carpal-tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and other health problems associated with repetitive motion and awkward postures, both in the office and on the factory floor.

The OSHA regulations covered 102 million workers at 6.1 million work sites. The agency said the rules would prevent 4.6 million musculoskeletal disorders, and mean average annual savings to business of $9.1 billion in the first 10 years they were in effect.

Opponents of the regulations disagreed, saying the rules would cost as much as $100 billion a year in compliance expenses. Republicans and business owners alike were also furious that the rules called for employers to pay injured workers 90 percent of their salary for their first three months of missed worked.

President Bush has signaled he would sign the bill repealing the rules, passed largely along party lines.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Some Companies Find Ergonomics Is Good for Business
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.