An Ergonomic Success Story in the Health Insurance Industry: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Posted July 17, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
As the new millennium approached, employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island (BCBSRI) tasked with providing health insurance for others were undergoing the physical stresses of their own office work—mainly carpal tunnel and other repetitive...
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The Stress of Standing Still: Static Loading as an Ergonomic Issue

Posted July 12, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
It’s easy to understand that jobs requiring major bodily movement can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and injury. Pushing, pulling, lifting, and other active tasks put obvious strain on muscles.
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eBook: Beyond Manufacturing: Ergonomics is for Every Industry

Posted July 10, 2018 in Ergonomics , ebook
We’re all aware of the major role ergonomics plays in the heavy-lifting manufacturing industry. But the need for proper ergonomic implementation extends further than the factory floor and becomes apparent in other fields. The common connection?...
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To Automate or Not to Automate?

Posted April 25, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety

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Manual Material Handling: Why Do We Still Do Things the Way We Did 20, 30, 40+ Years Ago?

Posted April 19, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
As I walk through various manufacturing plants, I am fascinated by the new processes to make materials that are stronger yet lighter in weight than in previous years, or see robots performing tasks human operators dreaded performing...and then I...
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To Push or To Pull—That Is the Question

Posted April 17, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
One of the questions we're frequently asked is whether it is better to push or pull carts, hand trucks, racks, etc. The answer depends.
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Infographic: The Dangers of Improper Manual Material Handling

Posted April 12, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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eBook: Manual Material Handling Best Practices

Posted April 05, 2018 in Workplace Injuries , Ergonomics , Safety
Elements of manual material handling (MMH) are such basic workplace actions that it’s easy to think that we don’t need to worry about them. But if employers and employees don’t pay attention to how they’re being done, the result can be costly...
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Implementing Automation to Improve Employee Outcomes

Posted March 29, 2018 in Ergonomics
When many people hear the word “automation”, their first thoughts usually lead them to envision a parent who is out of a job and no longer able to put food on the table for their children. What is short-sighted in this is that automation, when...
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Failure to Consider the Human Will Result in Failure of the Human

Posted March 22, 2018 in Ergonomics
Geary A. Rummler was a pioneer in the performance improvement field, most famous for saying “If you put a good person against a bad system, the system wins almost every time.” He knew that using lean manufacturing and other continuous improvement...
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