Despite the stereotype often promoted by the general media and politicians, automation has not replaced every manual task in manufacturing plants. Many thousands of U.S. workers lift heavy objects around their workstations all day, every day.
Employees at Fiat Chrysler’s Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI) in Kokomo, IN, have achieved something few in manufacturing can claim—they have logged 10 million hours, or a span of more than three years, without a lost-time injury.
NEW DELHI—Audi has developed a carbon-fiber “chairless chair” for its employees working on the assembly line. The chair eases many assembly activities and at the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
ANN ARBOR, MI—Humantech is conducting a survey on the use of computer technology for managing ergonomics programs. This online, confidential survey consists of 16 questions and is open to any company with an established ergonomics program.
SOLINGEN, German—Item Industrietechnik GmbH has become the first supplier of industrial workbenches to be awarded the “certified and recommended” seal of approval by the independent Campaign for Healthy Backs.
ANN ARBOR, MI—Humantech and Ergotron will host two ergonomics “Twitter chats” this month with a board-certified professional ergonomist. Participants can tweet their questions using the hashtag #ergochat during the sessions.
To prevent ergonomic problems, engineers must understand key risk factors and implement equipment to counteract them.
June 3, 2013
Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. For the affected employee, such injuries often mean repeated surgery, intractable pain and the inability to work. For the employer, ultimately, they mean higher costs.