The introduction of an ergonomics program with a four-pronged approach to injury prevention has significantly reduced ergonomics-related injuries.
In the early 90's, the injury rates in the Milwaukee facility were increasing as the general worker population and seniority rates increased. It was determined at that time that ergonomic changes needed to be incorporated into existing manufacturing lines as well as designed into new products and assembly lines from the outset.
A comprehensive approach has injury prevention as its main goal. Ergonomics programs were developed in four areas: existing manufacturing lines, new manufacturing lines, new product development, and office ergonomics. An extensive ergonomics training program overlaps with each of these areas. All employees in the facility receive at least one kind of training (office ergonomics, factory ergonomics, ergonomics for engineers, etc.).
Some of the programs include:
In addition, the facility employs a Certified Professional Ergonomist to manage the programs. The facility also has a fully staffed medical clinic on-site, including a physician, physician's assistant, nurses, and a full physical therapy department.
The severity of the company's ergonomic-related injury and illness experience, as measured by lost or restricted workdays, has fallen significantly.
The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.