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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personal hygiene in food safety

7 Easy Personal Hygiene Tips to Increase Food Safety

Keeping listeria and other food contaminating bacteria at bay is imperative to improve food safety in any processing plant. One false move and you could be shelling out thousands, if not millions, in product recalls, lawsuits, and replacing of equipment.

While sanitary equipment design plays a huge role in increasing food safety and decreasing the risk of contamination, there is another factor to consider: the personal hygiene practices of your employees.

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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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6 Easy Ways to Reduce Slips and Falls in Your Plant

Musculoskeletal disorders brought on by poor ergonomics are not the only category of employee injuries that cost time and money. A number of injuries in food processing plants can occur due to slips and falls brought on by wet or slick surfaces.

The floor of a food processing facility is typically exposed to all sorts of food byproducts, including fats, hot oils, blood, sugar solutions, and natural food acids. While these substances can themselves injure employees, they also increase the risk of accidents associated with wet or slick flooring and stairs. Failure to adequately clean up slicks and spills can result in immediate, serious injury.

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4 Easy to Correct Contributing Factors of Employee Injuries

Musculoskeletal disorders are often the result of multiple contributing factors — anything from work station posture, gender, and temperature to work pace, low staffing levels, and lighting — making it difficult to pinpoint and change the root cause in your food processing plant operation.

When employees are exposed to multiple contributing factors, the chances of injury (and costs to the business) increase. It’s essential, then, to identify the contributing factors that are at play in your processing facility and take the steps to correct and eliminate them.  Doing so will decrease the risk of injury to your employees, and make your food processing plant safer.

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Test Out the Most Durable Ergonomic Stands at Process Expo

Process Expo is the place to discover, interact with, and try out the latest and greatest solutions available in the food processing industry. It’s where thousands go to find new solutions that will increase their product yield, decrease their operating expenses, and make their facilities safer for employees.

That’s why one of the solutions we will showcase at this year’s Process Expo is our Ergonomic Stands.

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