Sunday, October 14, 2012

Make-It-Safe Monday

Make-It-Safe Monday


The phrase you see above - WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING - was told to me by my grandmother since I was a little boy.  How true this is!  This statement has ricocheted in my brain throughout the years, and became more profound when I started studying work place safety.  To study worker safety is actually a study in lack of safety, injuries in the workplace, incidence rates, sorting through a mountain of statistics, and the ability to decipher relevance, trends, and match these up with preventative measures. 

Make-It-Safe Monday is a blog by Ergologistics, developers of Lift'n Buddy.  Lift'n Buddy is line of ergonomic lift assists that are designed to take the heavy out of heavy lifting, save workers backs, and improve a company's bottom line by lowering insurance payouts and compensation claims.  Because we are a company that provides solutions in the work place, we are front and center to treat and prevent the disease of work place injury.  This series will be tidbits of our own observations, things we have learned along the way through discussion with workers, managers, and even competitors.  We felt it best to share our blog on MONDAY - early in the day, early in the week, to keep safety as fresh on the mind as possible.

Safety programs and injury prevention are a team sport.  Much like a doctor who needs to be a diagnostician in the first steps to eradicate a disease, This blog will reflect our efforts to study and analyze safety and what works.  It will show our dedication to be a voice and and agent of change.  It will position us as advocates for the worker and to keep their safety and well-being as paramount.

Feel free to enter your own comments to keep these conversations fluid and dynamic.   

The following data is compiled by Joe Wheatley, Demand Generation Specialist for Ergologisitics:

“Preventing back injuries is a major workplace safety challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.” (U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet)

“Lifting which occurs below knee height or above shoulder height is more strenuous than lifting between these limits. In a recent study it was determined that up to one-third of compensable back injuries could be prevented through better job design, known as ergonomics.”  (OSHA Fact Sheet)

The award winning Lift’n Buddy (www.liftnbuddy.com) can provide the proper ergonomic help to employees. It provides easy movement of products as well as lifting the products to the proper height, resulting in fewer workplace back injuries due to lifting heavy, awkward, and bulky objects.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Let's make it safe this Monday.

Aaron M. Lamb
President, Ergologistics

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