Improving the Well-Being of Employees
Statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that each year roughly one third of all recorded worker injuries result from ergonomic hazards; costing several billion dollars per year.
OSHA estimates ergonomic injuries cost $1 out of every $3 in workers’ compensation claims. Not included in the OSHA statistics are the additional costs that companies incur when an employee cannot work due to an injury. These include lost time, the hiring and training of temporary labor, and decreased productivity.
Looking for ways to reduce workers’ compensation claims, companies have found that ergonomic improvements can reduce these costs.
Installing and using ergonomically designed equipment in industrial operations is an effective way to reduce, or possibly eliminate, work site injuries and the related costs.
With today’s technology, the ergonomic designing or human factor engineering of equipment has greatly surpassed the basic need of improving the safety of employees. The development of better controls, workstations, displays, and environments, are much more accommodating for each user, their capabilities, and their limitations. In addition to reducing worker injuries and compensation liabilities, ergonomic design increases the efficiency of many operations.
One of the simplest ways to reduce work injuries is to limit a worker’s need to bend, reach, lift, and stretch while completing a job task. Automated storage and retrieval systems reduce these motions; improving a worker’s ergonomics while performing job tasks.
The American with Disabilities Act states that work areas must be accessible with a minimum of 15″ to a maximum of 48″ from the ground for workers to have ergonomic accessibility.
Vertical lift modules, vertical carousels, and/or horizontal carousels that have systems of arranged trays, extraction platforms, and special controls deliver items to an employee’s workstation while the worker remains in an ergonomically comfortable position. These systems help to reduce work-related lifting injuries.
Ergonomically designed manipulators, vacuum lifts, and hoists, can also be integrated into current product applications, making it easier for workers to handle heavy parts, while reducing fatigue and the risk of injuries.
At Strongarm Industries, we custom design our machines for each individual application. Our Industrial Manipulators and Ergonomic Lift Assists can be applied to any industry. We engineer quality into every one of our machines with a high focus on operator safety.
Contact IBT if you have an application in your facility that could benefit from ergonomic design. IBT and Strongarm Industries will work with you to identify potential solutions.
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