Learn How WHY ERGONOMICS IS NOT ENOUGH from the Pros
Why You Should BUT IT WORKS! a Little Every Day
OSHA performed a study published in 2002 that showed, all else being equal, ergonomically engineering the environment eliminated 26% of “ergonomic related” injuries (their term) resulting in days away from work over a 10 year period.
However, what do we do about the other 64% of “ergonomic related” injuries?
If I look at the definition of ergonomics, it doesn’t tell me anything about how the human will actually interact with that engineering. Let’s go back to the construction site. You can buy a $1500 ergonomic upper exoskeleton, but if you slouch while standing and working all day long, then it is not going to do any good. You are going to end up with hip, back and neck pain and then potentially an MSI.
USING A BIONIC DEVICE TO CORRECTLY GET THE BENEFIT.
Now let’s take a drywall installer using a truck dolly with no lift assistant device as an example. We can add engineering, such as handles and steps, ramps, bodysuit exoskeleton….etc. to help make the job easier and reduce the risk…
However, even an ergonomic exoskeleton can create added opportunity for injury (shoulder, neck, nip and knees injury in the making)…, if not used properly.
And many times, it just comes down to the proper device that is available on the market for the task (or in this case the middle suite exoskeleton is the keg). The engineering and the performance wear will help to do the job and it can completely eliminate the risk.
Millions of front-line workers who do more than standing all day long, such as delivery drivers, warehouse workers, linemen, nurses, or firefighters (just to name a few), come across an infinite number of situations each and every day. Ergonomics engineering products simply can be applied to this multitude of tasks, environments and situations.
If we can engineer the risk out of the environment, we need to focus on a bionic device to assist the front-line workers. By focusing on human assist devices, and how they use their device assistance to move through space and interact with their environments, we’re able to put them in stronger, more stable positions. This prepares used assistance devices for any situation. We aren’t creating supermen or superwomen, but we are able to reduce the risk of injury in:
1) known environments where we have been able to implement ergonomics with exoskeleton devices that engineering correctly,
2) the known environments where we have not yet been able to implement ergonomics,
3) the circumstances and environments we have not yet encountered.