SAFETY BLOG

Ergonomics Improvements Can Be Inexpensive!

Spencer, the QP3 Ergo Lab, is at home and recovering well from his TPLO (hip) surgery, but he is not supposed to do a lot of stairs. To help him, we constructed a simple reinforced ramp to allow him to get in/out of his house more easily. This ramp used mostly scrap materials and cost under…

Don’t be “Don Quixote” (or Cheap) with Ergonomics!

I am frequently asked to recommend a piece of equipment to assist with addressing an ergonomics need.  I do not mind helping out, but please consider a few things before you ask for  help. As I am an independent consultant, and giving out free advice on specific issues does not pay my bills, so before…

Ten Important Questions about Working at Home

We are rapidly closing in on a year of “working at home for a few weeks.”  Is your company still operating as if working at home is a temporary thing? What has your company done for work at home employees?  Unless it was accompanied by focused guidance, an employee stipend may have had only limited…

It’s Snow Joke!

On December 17, 1978 I was a 12-year old managing our family’s choose & cut Christmas tree farm, while my father fed the cattle on a cold winter morning.  During a break from customers, I looked towards the house, waiting for Dad to relieve me so I could have some lunch.  But instead of seeing…

Are Engineering Ergonomics Fixes Too Expensive?

I periodically hear people state their beliefs that ergonomics-related engineering improvements tend to be cost prohibitive.  While this does happen, I find it to be the exception, versus the rule.  But how can that be? Yes, there are situations in some facilities that can be cost prohibitive to change—short term.  This is especially true in…

What’s On Your Table?

We all like to eat a good meal, but many people don’t always understand, or appreciate the efforts that are required of thousands of people across the globe to feed us.  Someone has to produce, process, and distribute the foodstuffs we all too often take for granted.  Even those who may still grow a lot…

COVID-19 SAFETY CERTIFICATION–Today!

Get COVID-19 SAFETY CERTIFICATION today! COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon. In one Illinois testing center, for example, positive test rates recently exceeded 28%.  In just two weeks, Sedgwick County, Kansas has had over 7,600 new cases.  Kent County, Michigan has logged over 47,000 cases per 1-million residents. With this rise in COVID-19 cases…

New COVID-19 Restrictions in Illinois

If you live and/or work in Illinois, new Tier 3 COVID-19 requirements are being implemented after midnight tonight.  Click this link for more details, but here are some key elements for Manufacturing, Hospitality and Offices.  Our services are not limited to Illinois, as we have consultants across the country who can help you as we work…

Where Does Safety Begin at Your Company?

I posted a simple poll recently that asked “Where does safety begin at your company?”  Four options were provided: At the CEO’s desk, During the design phase, During installation, and At the start of the shift. Of those responding, the results were quite interesting.  While it was only possible to select one option, no one…

Transportation Industry Ergonomics–Caring for Essential Workers

Dan Baker has an amazing keynote speech at the Protective Insurance Claims & Safety 2020 virtual seminar. Drivers have to pick goods up on time, transport them without damage, and deliver them on time. As Dan says, they are the key to your success, even though transportation and distribution employees are in an occupational group…

Self-inflicted Risk Factors

When to Sit/Stand

Stretching

Right Tools

Keep it Simple

Extreme Reaches

Baby Steps