Limited resources have always forced large companies, small companies, departments, programs, and individual projects to save money. The use of ergonomic assessments and mitigations has long proved to save money and resources, reduce injuries, and improve worker productivity. According to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders :
"It is estimated that employers spend as much as $20 billion a year on direct costs for MSD-related workers' compensation, and up to five times that much for indirect costs, such as those associated with hiring and training replacement workers. In addition to these monetary effects, MSDs often impose a substantial personal toll on affected workers who can no longer work or perform simple personal tasks like buttoning their clothes or brushing their hair."