UH Launches Manufacturing Loss Control Campaign with Look at Ergonomics and Job Safety Analysis

The manufacturing sector was second only to the health care industry in 2013 when it came to reported cases of injury and illness with 434,000 cases. While this was a decline from 2012, these still are significant figures that merit attention and examination.

Because of our expertise in manufacturing, United Heartland understands the importance of communicating best practices and safety procedures to those working in these areas. This is why we have launched our new Manufacturing Loss Control Campaign. Throughout the next few months, we will be focusing on the many hazards that can arise throughout the manufacturing sector and how to protect against them. Topics addressed will include ergonomics and job safety analysis, machine safeguarding, electrical safety and much more. With each topic, your customers will have access to downloadable materials, including flyers, posters and other collateral. We’re confident you’ll find these useful to share with your teams as you help guide them to safer work practices.

During this first phase of the campaign, we will look at ergonomics and the benefits of job safety analysis. Did you know:

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average of 650,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorders per year, resulting in direct costs to employers of over $20 billion.
  • Indirect costs of ergonomic-related injuries are three to five times higher (estimated at $100 billion). These include absenteeism, staff replacement and retraining, productivity and/or quality.
  • $1 of every $3 of workers’ compensation costs is spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Average costs are $8,070 versus $4,075 per case for all types of work-related injury.

Ergonomics is one way to help keep workers safe. This science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of employees is critical to maintaining a safe workplace and reducing injuries. Check out our Ergonomics and Job Safety Analysis page and share it with others in your organization to review the resources we’ve provided, including:

United Heartland is committed to helping our manufacturing customers keep their employees safe on the job through dedicated, expert loss control service and our extensive resources. As always, please contact your loss control representative with questions, or call us at 1-800-258-2667.