It’s tough to keep employees healthy in an industry with the highest injury rates.
The worst culprits for food industry injuries? Daily action of reaching for and handling trays. Cutting that involves the hand, shoulder and wrist. Downstacking boxes in a pallet.
When you prevent those injuries, that’s the big win. Reduced injury costs. Healthy employees. The fastest path to get there? An onsite injury prevention program.
A poultry processing plant found, by changing a cut in de-boning, it could increase yield by 3% from each bird. They were also concerned about the change adding extra force to the employee’s hand while cutting. Onsite PT action: used a force glove with a sample of employees to assess the force for each finger with both cuts and determined the new cut added no significant force. Monitoring continued for any new issues.
An employee who works on down-stacking boxes onto a pallet experiences knee and shoulder pain. Onsite PT action: spent time with employee at worksite and coached on adjusting movement to prevent pain and injury.