5 reasons why you should use anti-fatigue mats

An average incapacity to work of 17.3 days per employee means a loss of €149 billion in gross value added for the German economy. 22.3% of all days of incapacity to work are caused by MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders), which can be prevented.


The facts and figures according to BAUA:

According to a study by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAUA), the average days of incapacity to work was 17.3 days per employee (or 712.2 million days of incapacity to work nationwide), in the manufacturing industry, this proportion was even higher at 21.3%.

This means a loss of gross value added of € 149 billion and a loss of production of € 88 billion.

Musculoskeletal disorders account for a share of 22.3%, which means a loss of € 33.2 billion per year.

For the manufacturing industry (excluding the construction industry), the Federal Institute has determined a share of 26.3% (or 45.4 million working days lost) for MSDs, which corresponds to a loss of value-added of € 11.23 billion.

What does this mean for the industry?

The figures speak for themselves, immense sums are lost every year due to work absenteeism, the question is what can be done about it. In an increasingly automated world of work, employees and their working time are becoming more and more valuable, and absences are becoming more and more difficult to compensate for.

The sums that are lost in value creation illustrate very simply how quickly measures to prevent downtime pay for themselves.

However, it is not only the apparent business aspect that should be taken into account when considering preventive measures; a good employer also looks out to ensure that his employees are healthy and satisfied.

How can anti-fatigue mats help reduce absenteeism?

One of the causes of musculoskeletal disorders is long periods of standing at work. Ergonomic workplace mats or anti-fatigue mats can help here.

The nature of the mats stimulates the vein-calf pump and thus keeps the circulation going. This prevents heavy legs, varicose veins and other venous diseases.

Furthermore, the cushioning of an anti-fatigue mat provides relief for joints and the entire musculoskeletal system. This prevents knee, back, shoulder and neck pain.

How do anti-fatigue mats help?

Our short video explains the function and benefits of anti-fatigue mats.

The 5 reasons why you too should use anti-fatigue mats in your business are:

Ergonomic workplace mats

– Help prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

– Prevent the negative consequences of long periods of standing.

– Insulate against hard, cold floors.

– Increase productivity.

– Reduce absenteeism.

For more detailed information on the development and prevention of MSDs in the workplace, we have provided a comprehensive and free e-book for you.

For more than 40 years now, we have been known as a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of workplace mats and anti-fatigue mats in Europe. In this time, the employees have built up expertise like no other company.

The experts at COBA Africa are always happy to offer advice and support when it comes to finding the best matting solutions to protect the health of your employees and increase productivity in your value chain.

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