Ergonomics Program Reduces Workplace Injuries and Improves Employee Health

Posted: 17th February 2015 11:45

Delivering Excellence newsletter reported St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center with 1,300 employees, implemented the IMPACC—the Industrial Athlete “WorkSmart” Ergonomics Program in 1998. Since implementation, St. Luke’s has reported several improvements in employee health, including an 85 percent reduction of OSHA recordable MSD injuries to the lower back and shoulders for those workers involved in patient care since 2001.

Eighty-six percent of full-time US workers are now overweight or obese and have had recurring physical pain in their back, neck, knee, or leg in the last 12 months. They also have at least one other chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, high blood cholesterol, asthma, or depression which leads to an estimated lost productivity cost of $153 billion annually. These employees miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared to healthy workers with a BMI less than 25, without a chronic disease and without physical complaints of pain.

Delivering Excellence details programs which enable companies to design innovative route distribution solutions that enhance safety and productivity. Delivery routes with a variety of lightweight and ergonomically-designed solutions allow companies to move more loads with less physical stress delivering workplace safety and productivity.

Magline, Inc. provides the e-zine (email news report) which synopsizes the important news and developments touching the materials handling aspect of business. Leaders are looking for a competitive advantage, have dynamic and experienced sales forces, and have a corporate culture which is customer-focused and intent on building long-term relationships with satisfied customers.

Magline, Inc. manufactures a complete line of innovative lightweight route distribution solutions under the Magliner brand. Named one of the Great Supply Chain Projects according to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Magliner solutions are used in the beer, soft drink, food service, parcel delivery, home healthcare, and other distribution industries. Magline also offers implementation consulting and solutions for reducing service times and eliminating waste during deliveries. Magline is at the forefront of developing products that address the unique material handling requirements from distribution centers to delivery. Magline is the leader in hand trucks worldwide and has a strong dealer base in various regions domestically, as well as internationally. Magline was named a finalist in the MHI Innovation Award.