Keeping Workers Safe and Healthy with the Proper Use of Ergonomics in the Workplace

The workplace can be a dangerous place, leading to work-related muscular disorders (MSDs). The main risk factors are excessive physical load, repetition, awkward posture, and repetition. These can cause fatigue and all sorts of MSDs, including compressed nerves, irritated tendons, strains, and sprains.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, well over 1.1 MM days of work were lost in 2015 due to nonfatal occupational injury and illness and, of these, sprains, strains and tears accounted for a whopping 421K days away from work. More than 356K days were due to overexertion from lifting alone.    

Ergonomic Stressors

The force required to do a job, awkward working postures, and repetitiveness are called ergonomic stressors. These stressors lead to the above type MSDs, which have been estimated to cost upwards of $20 billion in workers’ compensation and as much as $80 billion in indirect costs annually due to:  

  • Loss of productivity
  • Missed work days
  • Cost of temporary replacement workers
  • Quality disruptions
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • Workplace fines

So How Do You Protect Your Employees and Your Business?

You need to reduce or eliminate injuries caused by unsafe practices. The most efficient way to do so is through the use of ergonomically correct tool-support systems.

Balancers and related suspension features make it possible for assembly tools handled by operators to feel nearly weightless. By not exposing workers to the strain of lifting, operator fatigue and common injuries can be greatly reduced.

Balancers with superior suspension features fit virtually any industrial workspace and often are designed with multiple integrated safety features. Built-in locks secure loads in place if a unit loses tension or a power spring breaks, and they also facilitate quick and safe tool changeovers without the risk of cable fly-back to the operator. 

When choosing balancers and other tool-support products for use in rugged, abusive, heavy-duty industrial environments, you need to look for systems specially designed for superior durability and long lifecycles. Products that feature thick die-casted aluminum housings and cable and cable drums coated with ceramic-based epoxy coatings can protect against premature failures, ultimately resulting in less downtime and greater savings.

It’s All About Safety

When it comes down to it, it’s all about safety. If you focus on your employees, your business will take care of itself. 

It’s important to select tool-support systems from a reliable source that can ensure superior construction, performance, and reliability. To learn more, visit www.molex.com

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