Valuable Value of Safety Technology Implementation
Investing in the right technology can make your workplace more productive and safer.
With warehouse injuries increasing each year, standard health and safety measures such as PPE, training programs and daily stretching are not enough to keep workers safe. Prioritizing worker safety and health means focusing on when and where injuries occur and fixing problems at the root. Musculoskeletal injuries represent the largest category of workplace injuries, so it is imperative that companies treat industrial athletes as human beings and protect them from injury and death.
From poor ergonomic practices and slips to heatstroke risks and poor training, there are hundreds of ways warehouse workers can get injured on the job. Unfortunately, typical corporate safety programs do not address all of these challenges warehouse workers face on a daily basis. Businesses must strengthen safety measures and correct unsafe behaviors and movements of employees to ensure employee safety and avoid dangerous mistakes.
When companies invest in the right technology, they not only improve employee productivity and happiness, but also save on health care and worker compensation costs. With the economy (literally) backed by industrial athletes, now is the time to make safety a top priority and start the trend of decreasing workplace injuries and deaths. This has increased in recent years.
The huge cost of worker injuries
The total cost of workplace injuries in 2020 reached $163.9 billion in the United States, with 2.7 billion reported non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses.
The four most common workplace injuries include overwork, slips, trips and falls, repetitive motion injuries, and collisions with stationary objects or equipment. Many of these accidents result in ergonomic injuries that affect body movements and the musculoskeletal system, often causing strains, sprains, and strains.These injuries can occur gradually or instantaneously. Workers often go home early or take time off from work. Musculoskeletal injuries account for nearly 30% of all workers’ compensation costs, making them a major concern for businesses.
This article originally appeared in the October 1, 2022 issue of Occupational Safety and Health.