prevent slips

3 Practical Solutions to Prevent Slips in Your Workplace

Slips in the food processing industry are a serious issue — one that leaves a large number of employees injured and costs the company thousands of dollars in claims and work time lost.

In Washington state alone, there are approximately 340 workers’ compensation claims each year for slip and trip injuries in the food processing industry. On average, each claim costs $4,600 while the average work-time lost for each of these injuries is 35 days.1

That’s a lot of lost work time and money spent on an easily preventable injury.

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musculoskeletal disorders

18 Easy Principles for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders

According to the California Department of Labor Statistics and Research, the food processing industry has one of the highest lost-workday incidence (LWDI) rates. In 2000, it was almost double than the LWDI rate for all industries as a whole.1

Bruises, cuts, burns, fractures, and amputations are among the top causes of such a high lost-workday incidence rate — due in part to the equipment used in food processing plants.

While those injuries are severe and drive up the LWDI rate, there is a much more common set of injuries that account for the majority of the high LWDI rate: musculoskeletal disorders.

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food processing employee safety

3 Important Reasons to Focus on Employee Safety

June is National Safety Month — a month set aside to focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities, with the ultimate goal that No One Gets Hurt.

What better time to focus on improving safety in your food processing plant?

Employee safety is an important part of any food processing facility — one that should never be “set it and forget it.” Taking time to review employee safety training, procedures, and response time should happen on an annual basis to help reduce the risk of employee injuries.

Why focus on employee safety this month? Here are three great reasons.

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8 Safety Signs You Need to Improve Worker Safety with Commercial Ovens

Commercial ovens, as with any food processing equipment, can pose serious safety hazards for employees.

Burns, pinch points, crush points, cuts, chemical burns, carbon dioxide suffocation, or being trapped in an oven while in the cook cycle are all possible if proper care is not taken when operating a commercial smokehouse, dehydrator, or steam oven — leading to serious injury or death.

As a food processing company, it is imperative that proper safety signs be posted on and around any commercial oven to notify employees of potential dangers associated with this piece of equipment.

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ergonomics university employee injuries

The Absolutely Best Resource on How To Reduce Employee Injuries

According to the California Department of Labor Statistics and Research, workers in food-processing plants have a higher likelihood of experiencing employee injuries on the job than workers in many other industries.1

Reaching across a conveyor, lifting heavy loads, twisting and bending at a work station, performing repetitive tasks, and working in awkward positions – all tasks commonly found in processing plants and caused from a lack of ergonomic design – are leading risk factors for employee injuries.

The responsibility for creating a healthy and safe workplace falls on the owners, executive team, and managers of the company — but for many, training in the best investments and solutions for employee safety and ergonomics is either too expensive or not feasible.

So how do you create a safe workplace to reduce the risk of employee injuries caused from musculoskeletal disorders?

Enter Ergonomics University.

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ergonomic stands buyer's guide

The Easy to Understand Ergonomic Stands Buyer’s Guide

Outfitting your food or beverage processing plant with high quality ergonomic stands can prove to be a challenge.

Do a quick Google search for ergonomic stands, and you’ll find a number of options, styles, and configurations to choose from. How do you know what ergonomic stands to purchase? How do you choose which ergonomic stand style will work best for your operation?

Choosing the right ergonomic stands can be difficult, but here at Fusion Tech, we’ve tried to make it easy for you. Our ergonomic stands buyer’s guide below will help you choose the right stand for your food or beverage processing operation.

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Watch our Ergonomic Stands Handle 3 Types of Excessive Use

Ergonomic and safety solutions, especially ergonomic stands, are a necessity in any food processing facility. The California Department of Labor Statistics and Research reports that workers in food-processing plants have a higher likelihood of being hurt on the job than workers in many other industries.1 A simple investment in solutions such as ergonomic stands can save you from the high cost of employee injury.

Do a quick Google search for ergonomic stands and you’ll find pages after pages of results — some good and some you will have to replace in a few months.

With so many options, and so many variations of quality, how do you find ergonomic stands that fit your budget while also being durable enough to withstand years of excessive use?

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auger conveyors

6 Tips for Safely Operating an Auger Conveyor

Auger conveyors are a key component in most processing operations. These pieces of equipment are able to convey bulk materials — everything from large chunks of product down to sub-micron powders — efficiently and effectively, while offering versatility in set up and operating layout. The uses are practically endless across the food processing industry, making them indispensable to an efficient processing operation.

However, auger conveyors, like any food processing equipment, can pose a safety hazard to your employees if not used properly.

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ergo trim station

4 Safety Reasons to Invest in an Ergo Trim Station

According to the California Department of Labor Statistics and Research, workers in food-processing plants have a higher likelihood of being hurt on the job than workers in many other industries.1 Reaching across a conveyor, lifting heavy loads, twisting and bending at a work station, performing repetitive tasks, and working in awkward positions – all tasks commonly found in processing plants – are leading risk factors for injury.

It’s why ergonomics — the study of how to improve the fit between the tasks of the job and the employees who perform the work — play a significant role in promoting safe workplaces and reducing the high cost of employee absenteeism and injury.

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carts and racks

7 Easy Ways to Safely Use Carts and Racks

Carts and racks are a vital part of any processing operation. Moving product into and out of ovens and smokehouses, transporting product from one work area to another, allowing product to cool — all necessary in food processing — make carts and racks indispensable to an efficient operation.

However, when used improperly, carts and racks can pose a safety hazard to your employees.

Over loading a cart, placing hands in the wrong places, not properly balancing the cart load can all lead to both musculoskeletal disorders and immediate injury.

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