Some of our clients pass their strain/sprain injury reports to our ergonomists for review, investigation, or other support. I have to say, every time I see the corrective action listed as “Reinstruct the worker,” I wince quietly. I imagine the supervisor sitting with the worker, who is in pain, and saying, “Next time, make sure […]
Many workers who suffer a strain/sprain injury need pain medication, and some of these people become addicted. Applying ergonomics in these industries, so we avoid these injuries, could be part of the solution.
(Prefer to “watch” instead of read? Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/43lk-BSmGmI) At the most basic level, an ergonomist (much like a lifeguard) gets paid to watch people. In our case, we watch people work. Of course, most ergonomists would be insulted at the insinuation that “watch” is all we do, but that’s what people see us […]
I asked ChatGPT to list the most frequently asked questions about ergonomics. Here are the answers from our Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomists: What is ergonomics and why is it important? Ergonomics is the science and art of fitting work to people. Using physical ergonomics allows people to work comfortably, without risk of strain/sprain injury. Comfortable […]
Sigh. I suppose we should worry less, when heavy jobs are performed only by stronger workers. But, truth be told, what ergonomists hear is, “We know this is a really heavy job. Our solution is to hire the biggest, strongest people we can find. We don’t expect any woman to want the job. We don’t […]
What do ergonomists think of hybrid offices? From an ergonomics perspective, what are the pro’s and con’s? Let’s start by defining what we mean by “hybrid” work. Most of our clients have called people back to the office, at least for a portion of their time. Typically, people are returning to the same workstations they […]
Hallowe’en seems like the perfect time for a discussion about “visibility” and “line of sight”. Masks and other costumes can obstruct a trick-or-treater’s vision; a child may not see approaching people or vehicles, and may trip and fall over obstacles that they cannot see. When you can only see forward, your peripheral vision is impaired; […]