It’s tough to keep employees healthy in an industry that involves working with chemicals and packaging.
The worst culprits for injuries? Loading extruder machines. Cutting and flipping rubber and tires. Reaching across conveyors.
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.
An employee reported wrist discomfort after being transferred into a new area and pushing material into a feeder machine. Onsite PT action: observed the employee perform the work, made suggestions on neutral wrist positioning and discussed micro-breaking during the shift to stretch the wrist and hands. The employee reported the discomfort went away and no claim was ever filed.
Flipping and cutting tires required an employee to make a repetitive movement that increased injury risk. Onsite PT action: reviewed worksite and determined that table height required adjustment to prevent injury.