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HE INTERNATIONAL Ergonomics
Association, Geneva,
Switzerland (iea.cc), defines
ergonomics/human factors as, " the application
of psychological and physiological
principles to the engineering and design
of products, processes, and systems. " The
word ergonomics comes from the Greek
" ergon " which means work and " nomos "
which means laws, so it can be defined as
the " laws of work. " Applying ergonomics
removes work stresses (including physical
and cognitive) so that the work environment
is a better fit for the operator.
The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Washington (osha.gov),
has identified that musculoskeletal
disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles,
nerves, and tendons. Work-related MSDs
(including those of the neck, upper
extremities, and low back) are one of the
leading causes of lost workday injury
and illness.
MSDs are the largest category of
workplace injuries and responsible for
about 30% of all worker's compensation
costs (according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics). From an industry perspective
MSDs include risk factors typically tied
to an overexertion or repetitive motion,
such as lifting heavy items, bending,
reaching overhead, moving heavy loads,
and working in awkward body postures.
This can result in injuries such as a
pinched nerve, sprain/strain, meniscus
tear, or carpal-tunnel syndrome.
A single incident can easily result in
$60,000 to $90,000 of direct and indirect
costs. Additional costs may include any
OSHA fines, legal fees, or third-party
liability.
Traditional methods of preventing
these injuries have proven to be largely
ineffective at creating real change. AI
is shaking things up as organizations
around the world integrate AI-driven
wearable and vision-processing technology
into their ergonomic processes.
One leading company in this field is
Soter Analytics, London, UK (soteranaConsider
Maintenance
Ergonomics
Dr.
Klaus M. Blache
Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and
Maintainability Center (RMC)
Toni-Louise Gianatti
Soter Analytics
Technology facilitates an approach to
workplace safety that's more than just
reactive, forging a path for fully integrated
end-to-end ergonomic solutions.
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