Ergonomic upgrades are becoming a vital part of many workplaces, and assembly workstations can be especially challenging. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ergonomic issues cost U.S. companies upwards of $54 billion annually, and they account for one-third of workplace absences.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, a leading manufacturer of laboratory technology, recently needed to implement ergonomic workstations to produce its new Heracell Vios incubators, which are designed to cultivate human and animal cells. Assembly of the 40-pound incubators is physically demanding, requiring numerous rotations to cover them with heater foils and insulation. Concerned about protecting employees’ health, the company installed ergonomic workstations equipped with modular positioning units from the Roemheld Group, which lift and rotate the incubators during the preassembly process.