Fußboden Brandenburg is a parquet reclining company with six employees. Laying carpet, laminate or flooring is heavy work: especially manual lifting and moving of carpets and of furniture is strenuous for the backs of the workers but often underestimated by them as being a health risk. On the contrary, for the artisan workers it is still professional honour to be strong and fit even when the going gets tough.
For small trades sick leave can easily affect their general situation and turn the business into a struggle for survival: deadlines can not be met anymore, contractors threaten with penalty clauses and unsatisfied clients turn away and look for alternatives. Especially musculoskeletal disorders can cause long term absence of employees.