Swiss Life is teaming up with BackCare, the charity for healthy backs, to undertake a survey in to how companies are helping their employees look after their backs.
The survey comes in the run-up to BackCare Awareness Week which takes place between October 14 and 18, when Swiss Life will sponsor a Parliamentary reception to promote awareness among political decision-makers on the impact of back problems on the UK.
The charity says that each year 40 per cent of the population suffers from back pain. It estimates that 180 million working days are lost at a cost of £6bn to UK industry through NHS costs, insurance claims and lost productivity.
Swiss Life has supported Backcare for the past three years in a bid to understand their customers who claim on protection policies for back-related problems. The company believes increased understanding of the issues is crucial.
Swiss Life employee benefits communications manager Nicola Smith says: “Musculoskeletal conditions are the second-highest cause of income protection claims, with back pain being a major cause of sickness absence from work.
“We will hopefully be able to use the results of this survey to highlight the extent of back pain in the workplace and push this very important issue up the healthcare and social agenda.”