Safety & Health News
- Fieldcrest-Cannon in Columbus, Georgia, cut musculoskeletal disorders from 121 in 1993 to 21 in 1996. They credit their success to worker involvement in designing systems to limit the need for workers to bend and reach.
- In North Carolina, Perdue Farms started an ergonomics program in 1991. It was so effective, the company expanded it to all its plants nationwide. Although the average lost-workday injuries for poultry process is about 12, six Perdue plants had no lost time injuries in 1996.
- Woodpro Cabinetry in Cabool, Missouri, saved $42,000 in workers compensation costs by bringing its injury rates down when it changed conveyor levels to reduce worker reaching and added additional conveyors to limit lifting. This is a significant amount for a company with about 100 workers.