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Custom Tools Improve Manufacturing Ergonomics

March 6, 2019 • Missouri Employers Mutual

Ergonomic injuries caused by overexertion and repetitive motion are big concerns in most industries, but are especially common in healthcare, office environments and manufacturing. The National Safety Council reports that there are more than 46,000 ergonomics injuries in the manufacturing industry alone ever year. Injuries caused by repetitive motion can result from months or years of performing similar tasks and may present themselves gradually. But they can have serious, long-lasting impact on workers.

Manufacturing ergonomics at Eric Scott Leathers

Eric Scott Leathers manufactures high-quality leather products. In this niche industry, it can be challenging to find the right manufacturing equipment for the job. “Since it’s such a small industry here in the States, equipment is very difficult to find, especially whenever we’re working on a custom product,” said Lori Cabral, executive vice president of operations.

To solve this problem, the engineering team at Eric Scott got creative. They’ve actually built some of their manufacturing tools from scratch, designing them to efficiently and safely complete tasks specific to the custom products. Lori explained, “We’ve got the capabilities of not only putting the machine together, but actually designing the parts themselves.”

The team evaluates each job, designs the work aid, and builds it right there in their own facility using a CNC milling machine. These custom tools boost productivity. More importantly, they improve ergonomics by completing repetitive tasks that otherwise would have to be done manually by an employee.

Finding creative ways to improve your workplace ergonomics is crucial to avoiding injuries caused by overexertion and repetitive motion. To get started, consider simple changes like incorporating regular stretching exercises, or tackle bigger projects like designing and building custom equipment. For more resources to help you improve ergonomics, visit our resource library.

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March 6, 2019
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Missouri Employers Mutual
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