With tailored ergonomic training, Greyhound Lines Inc. has reduced its Workers’ Compensation claims by 60% over the past 6 years.
70% of the company’s injuries are related to materials handling including lifting, twisting, pushing and pulling. With 7,000 employees, the company experienced 745 injuries in 2010, mostly musculoskeletal. That number was dramatically reduced to 295 in 2016.
The company’s Director of Safety and Security, Al Smith, attributes that decrease to new employee ergonomic training focusing on compliance along with training exercises and know-how. With the new process, safety experts study a person’s job before offering a customizable solution for better ergonomics.
Success With Any Safety Program Is Up to the Employees
Ergonomics experts acknowledge that success in any work safety program is up to the employees and their personal motivation.
An astounding 80% of adults will have back pain at some time in their lives. Most adults do not understand the biomechanics, or how and why the body can or is unable to move a certain way.
A successful ergonomic safety program will demonstrate to employees exactly what they are doing wrong in their specific job, and then offer solutions to fix the problem. Employee motivation was a big factor in the success of the Greyhound program – employees feel better doing the job properly and that motivates them to continue beneficial behavior.
Greyhound’s Approach to Ergonomic Training Resonated With Employees
Video-based training often doesn’t work. A more effective approach is individual job analysis and then physical demonstration and training right in the workplace.
Persuading workers how better ergonomics can help them on the job and in their personal lives is the solution.
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