September 4, 2019
In 2017, UH partner Interstate Packaging (IP) and UH began an extensive ergonomics analysis of IP’s entire manufacturing plant. The purpose was to gather information from each lead operator regarding safety concerns and improvement suggestions, while also capturing photos of proper handling and maneuvers for each area in order to develop a formal Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). The JHAs were then laminated and displayed on each piece of equipment. Readily presenting ergonomic information at each job station has proven helpful for employee trainings and quality assurance inspections, as well as identifying equipment to be replaced or fixed.
The comprehensive analysis, JHA and committed involvement from members of the IP organization lowered their incurred loss cost from 36% to 1.4%.
IPs commitment to safety has earned them the honor of receiving the Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) two times. This is a prestigious accolade that few organizations state-wide hold at this time.
By implementing proactive ergonomic interventions and focusing on manual material handling exposures and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, United Heartland helped this customer see their overall claims costs and frequency of ergonomic claims decrease significantly in just a few months.
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