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Musculoskeletal Disorders: How Do We Prevent Them?


Download the white paper that inspired the series, for a closer look at the physics behind MSDs: Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

How Can Musculoskeletal Disorders be prevented in the Workplace?

Companies in the United States often set standards so that 75% of the female population and 99% of the male population can safely perform a manual (push, pull or lift) task. However, studies conducted by Liberty Mutual Group Loss Prevention Organization have shown that two-thirds of low back claims can be prevented if all tasks are designed to accommodate at least 75% of the female work population. To this end, Liberty Mutual developed tables, based on research conducted by Drs. Stover Snook and Vincent Ciriello at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.

Using these tables effectively requires basic level training in ergonomics and manual handling task analysis and evaluation. Once the analysis and evaluation of the actual task has been completed, these tables can provide the necessary guidelines to help identify which tasks are being performed within safe limits and which tasks require a redesign of the equipment.

What Kind of Equipment Prevents Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Different industries require different equipment. In healthcare, equipment is centered around safe patient handling, therefore motorized patient chairs are used to reduced the push/pull strain on nurse guiding them through healthcare facilities. However, some areas of the healthcare industry requires similar motorized carts and tuggers used in manufacturing and material handling, especially when moving equipment and supplies. At Electro Kinetic Technologies, we offer a variety of products that are ergonomically designed to reduce the push, pull, and lift strain of these kinds of tasks. If a customer requires something uniquely designed to accommodate their use, we also build custom equipment to the customer’s specification. To find out more about what equipment can best prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders in your workplace, visit our website or give us a call to speak with one of our engineers. We’d be happy to help you implement the Liberty Mutual Tables, and reduce the risk for injury at your company.

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