Increasing the Sustainability of Workplace Ergonomics
Caster Concepts is no stranger to ergonomics. Many of the casters we’ve developed and sold to companies around the world were designed with ergonomics in mind. Though companies often make changes in the workplace that are designed to promote safety – including replacing their outdated casters with ergonomic alternatives – many of these changes simply do not last.
At Caster Concepts, we can provide some helpful information to ensure the longevity of those changes and, ultimately, the safety of everyone in the workplace.
Take ergonomics seriously.
There’s a lot of research that has gone into workplace ergonomics, and much of it has been funded by OSHA. Some companies are still of the mindset that ergonomic devices and tools in the workplace do very little (if anything at all) to prevent injury. This is simply not true.
By allowing the body to move in a natural manner we reduce the risk of injury. When a process requires a person to push more, pull harder, overextend their body, or make other movements beyond the normal range of motion, unfavorable conditions arise. The person must exert greater muscle strength, which significantly increases the risk of injury due to overexertion.
Although investing in ergonomic tools and devices may come with an initial investment, you’ll save money in the long run: fewer workers’ compensation claims, fewer training costs, and lower insurance premiums.
Create a culture of safety.
Workplace safety is a culture that must be advanced by management, fostered by everyone, and talked about regularly in order to last. When safety comes across as more of an order than as a true bid to keep workers safe, employees view it as just another rule they must follow.
A great way to combat this is to hold regular safety meetings where employees can voice their concerns openly. Addressing these concerns proves to employees that their safety matters. Over time, the employees will begin to view safety rules as something they want to follow.
Following safe practices and OSHA guidelines is also a good idea financially. Even a general violation can cost you as much as $7,000; a more serious violation carries a penalty of as much as $25,000. In the case of a repeat violation, that fine climbs to as much as $70,000.
Buy Quality Products.
Purchasing and installing a lower-quality product now can cause a lot of future headaches. Ergonomic changes in the workplace last longer when quality products are used from the start. And products that live up to the standards designed to reduce fatigue, noise, and the amount of push force involved.
One great example of this is a Twergo® wheel. These popular wheels are noted for their many ergonomic benefits, but longevity is also a major advantage.
Twergo wheels feature aluminum cores that won’t rust or corrode and are maintenance-free. They also utilize precision-sealed bearings that never need greasing. Each of the wheels in the assembly independently rotates to provide superior traction with less friction.
Whatever your material handling need, Caster Concepts offers a wide variety of casters used in the aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries among others. Not only do we provide a huge selection of standard casters, we also manufacture custom casters according to client specifications with one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry.