Semiconductor test and assembly solutions - SIC
company reduced its incidence of musculoskeletal disorders and the related Experience Modification
In 1993, 28 percent of Xandex's workforce experienced work-related
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to the repetitive assembly of small parts
in the company's manufacturing section. Repetitive injuries from excessive computer use
also afflicted the administration and engineering staff.
Xandex obtained technical assistance from its insurance carrier, brought
in ergonomics specialists to evaluate the workplace, and quickly began to identify
and eliminate hazards. The company took on great expense by purchasing high-end
ergonomic chairs for everyone and investing in new tools, which helped to reduce
the physical stress of some assemblies. A few sub-assemblies were contracted out
to limit the burden on production. The company immediately educated everyone and
encouraged prompt reporting of symptoms, accommodated injured employees with
modified work, and instituted appropriate rest breaks involving stretches and
outdoor walks. Offering work station/posture evaluations, providing on-line
resources, and encouraging safety awareness and ergo participation at quarterly
company meetings have also helped to involve everyone in prevention and
proactive response to early signs of possible repetitive motion injuries.
The company gradually managed to lower its worker compensation experience
modifier, which helped in reducing its premium, as well as keeping the company
qualified as a viable client to workers’ compensation insurance carriers.
Source:Shadi Shamsavari, Director of HR/Safety, Xandex, Inc.