Ergo Analysis Takes Down Silos, Finds Solutions

July 24, 2018

We understand the unique hazards of the manufacturing sector and the potential expenses associated with these risks – musculoskeletal disorders from repetitive motion and overexertion injuries being some of the costliest.

The following is just one way our expertise in manufacturing ergonomics is helping a customer proactively drive down claims costs.

Customer: Edstrom Industries, LLC. designs and manufactures product solutions that improve efficiencies throughout the world in pharmaceutical, educational, governmental, biotechnology, agricultural and other markets.

Scenario: We discovered that Edstrom, a new account, was interested in a United Heartland ergonomics analysis in various areas of their manufacturing plant. Together, we discussed several options for this type of analysis, and Edstrom selected an interactive approach to drive conversation between staff and management about workplace wellness.

After gaining approval from employees to record their daily work functions, we filmed several areas of the manufacturing plant. Once we prepared and pre-evaluated the recordings, we sat down with Edstrom employees, managers and supervisors for a collaborative evaluation. This resulted in an engaging conversation about potential improvements for difficult tasks. This type of engagement between employees and senior management helps drive buy-in on possible solutions.

Outcome: By understanding potential risks, Edstrom can take a more systematic approach to preventing injuries, driving workplace wellness and reducing the number of potential claims.

The UH Manufacturing Loss Control Campaign was developed to provide you with the information you need to communicate best practices and safety procedures to those working in the manufacturing sector.

Visit the campaign homepage to find several topics with downloadable materials for you to share. Topics include:

  • Ergonomics and job safety analysis
  • Machine safeguarding, lockout/tagout and electrical safety
  • Slip, trip and fall prevention
  • Chemical safety
  • Injury management and transitional duty

For even more information, view our latest UH Vlog: Manufacturing Ergonomics!

We’re Here to Help!

Interested in setting up an ergonomics assessment? Customers, please contact your designated loss control consultant or Loss Control Tech Advisor, Clark MacAlpine.

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