Industrial and manufacturing facilities come with their own inherent risks. Whether the risk involves injury to a worker or damage to a load, those risks are present every minute of every work day. Things like exertion and noise can be detrimental to workers’ health, which can be detrimental to your bottom line. Fortunately, with the right ergonomic casters, it is possible to reduce these risks, save money, and perhaps even boost your overall revenue.
Perhaps the biggest benefit associated with the installation of ergonomic casters is the reduced mobility force. Above all else, these casters are designed to create less friction with the ground, which means the loads are easier to maneuver. Whether they are being started from a dead stop, turned, or maneuvered back and forth, the reduced friction reduces the amount of exertion required. This alone helps drastically lower the risk of injury in the workplace, particularly when you consider that overexertion injuries are by far the most common worker compensation claim in the country.
Aside from simply being easier to maneuver, ergonomic casters can also reduce risk in the workplace due to their maintenance-free longevity. These casters can last and last thanks to their high-tech design, and when they are used appropriately (in the right environments and with loads that do not exceed the maximum ratings), there is very little risk of failure. Caster failure can be catastrophic and cause serious life-threatening injury, so reducing this risk is very important in any workplace.
Another consideration when it comes to ergonomic casters is their ability to reduce vibration and noise. Remember that OSHA has very strict guidelines on the decibels a workforce can be exposed to during an eight-hour shift and reducing noise in manufacturing or other industrial facilities is always a great idea. The best way to reduce noise is to also reduce vibration, which has an added benefit. Less vibration can help you move more fragile loads without fear of damage. This lowered vibration is possible thanks to unique suspensions and other technologies that allow for steady movement over any surface.
If you want to make your ergonomic casters as safe as possible, consider adding brakes. These simply provide another layer of protection by allowing workers to lock loads into place when they are not being moved. Aside from this, locking a cart during the loading process can prevent unbalanced loads from creating movement that may be detrimental to nearby workers. These brakes come in many different styles, so you can choose the ones that best suit your workplace’s environment and unique needs.
Ergonomic casters reduce risk in the workplace tremendously. With overexertion being the most common workers compensation claim, it only makes sense to replace old, outdated casters with more ergonomic ones that reduce mobility force and exertion, virtually eliminate the risk of untimely failure, reduce vibrations and associated noise, and give workers the ability to apply brakes when carts need to remain in a fixed position.