Engineered for Success
Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, especially the equipment they use with a focus on reducing the risk of MusculoSkeletal Disorders or MSDs. MSD injuries develop slowly over time and occur in the soft tissues of your body such as nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. Examples of MSDs are low back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis. Utilizing this science of equipment design in the workplace, can help maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
Benefits of an Ergonomic Program and Mindset
1. Improved Company Culture
Wachs is committed to the heath and safety of its Team members. The following four benefits all cumulate into our mindset and culture.
2. Improved Employee Interactions
Reducing fatigue and injuries on the job site results in lower turn over (dragging-up) and absenteeism. Using the JHA prior to the start of the shift and asking about ergonomic issues and problems gives us an opportunity to proactively problem solve. Communication and interaction concerning the safety and health of the team provides an additional benefit of improved moral and employee engagement. Putting considerable time and effort into our training program and keeping our craftsmen focused and engaged saves money, improves feedback, and in turn makes our clients pleased with Wachs' efforts.
3. Improved Quality
The cornerstone of Wachs Quality program is our Team. A Team focused on the results of their effort, and not distracted by fatigue, pain or injuries shows in the final product. When a job becomes too physically demanding, attention to quality and safety become a second thought.
4. Improved Productivity
When a work area and task are thought out to include solutions for movement of heavy/awkward materials or working from awkward positions, productivity increases. There is also the added benefit of less time away from work looking for tools and equipment not collected at the start, time away due to treatment of injuries and possible replacement of team members.
5. Cost Reduction
MusculoSkeletal Disorders or MSDs and injuries are both common and costly. Planning at the JHA stage (pretask/job) can greatly reduce the chances of these injury types and job set backs.
The 5 Most Common Ergonomic Hazard in Construction