The Benefits of Ergonomic Interventions

How Tri-Motion Air Balancing Hoists Can Help!

“Manual material handling (MMH) is the top reason for workers compensation claims and lost time injuries,” stated Jim Galante, chairman of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE). Most of these claims are related to the lower and upper back, which are among the most expensive claims. Ergonomic intervention programs can significantly reduce those incidents. New equipment, designed to make lifting easier, can make the workplace safer and more efficient. If your existing equipment is no longer appropriate for the newer materials or processes involved, ergonomic issues and product inefficiencies can be the result.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) cost employers between $45 and $54 billion per year in workers compensation, lost wages, and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries performed a comprehensive review of 250 case studies of ergonomic programs, and reported that the average incidence rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) was reduced by 65 percent by implementing ergonomics programs and/or equipment interventions” says Jeff Hoyle from the Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University. It may be impractical for MMH tasks to be done 100 percent ergonomically due to expense, time, and other considerations. But even just fixing part of the problem will move your company toward the goal of a safer and more efficient workplace. For more information regarding the EASE program visit MHI.org/ease. To see how Tri-Motion can help with your ergonomic application, view our full line of air balancing hoists at www.trimotionindustries.com

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