Why Should You Choose Ergonomic Tools?

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Why Should You Choose Ergonomic Tools?

 Years of labor can take their toll on workers, but long-term injuries can be minimized with the use of ergonomic tools. That’s why Greenlee is devoted to improving their tools to be more ergonomic to enhance the wellbeing of those who use them.

What are ergonomic tools?

Ergonomic tools are designed not only to decrease injuries, but increase productivity. Ergonomic tools can minimize general soreness, physical wear and tear, and lengthen the careers of workers by improving their health. When tools are optimized for usability, the job gets done faster with less physical strain.

What are the effects of ergonomic tools?

The use of ergonomic tools has been proven to positively impact not only the lives of workers, but also the bottom line of companies. A major utility switched to ergonomic tools and saw a 100% reduction of lost work day cases, a 62% reduction of OSHA recordable cases and a 10% work efficiency improvement saving 25,504 hours of work. Their annual savings came to $7,353,248.

How does Greenlee help prevent injuries?

First, Greenlee looked into what was causing the injuries. The primary culprits were force, repetition and posture. These three components damage tissue, wears down tendons, ligaments and joints, and increases fatigue and the potential for injury.

This damage accumulates over time, resulting in scar tissue, joint damage and loss of range of motion and strength. These injuries almost never fully heal, and can result in inability to work as people age. The workforce is aging as a whole, and it is important to prevent such injuries that can plague workers even after retirement.

Greenlee launched industry-first ErgoLab, which used Electromyography Testing and test-based result to compare their tools, and design them for worst case scenarios. Greenlee aims to reduce occurrences of rotator cuff tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, elbow epicondylitis, low back pain and knee bursitis.

Greenlee’s ergonomic tools feature:

  • Improved grips
  • Decreased weight
  • Improved center of gravity
  • Battery power
  • Improved user posture

Their battery tools are designed to extend users reach to diminish shoulder strain, and their general tools decrease forces that can cause carpal tunnel. Not all injuries can be prevented, but these can be lessened with the use of ergonomic tools, and Greenlee is a good place to start.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Greenlee’s ergonomic tools, contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Product Spotlight: Greenlee ErgoLab

The folks over at Greenlee are making history by launching the industry’s first Ergonomics Laboratory!  The Greenlee ErgoLab, based in Rockford, Illinois, offers state-of-the-art equipment to identify the ergonomic value of a tool by using scientific testing, measurement, and analysis.  The laboratory is designed to streamline the decision making process  for utility and electrical tool users, as well as purchasing officers and other decision makers, and to help them determine the best tools for them to use while on the job.

“This new ErgoLab gives Greenlee the ability to analyze and deliver objective data and offer everyone the ability to see what a tool is actually worth,” said Raffi Elchemmas, Tool Ergonomist at Greenlee. “By having to ability to compare muscle efforts against ergonomic qualities, it allows people to see and understand the health and safety benefits; making the purchasing decision process that much easier.”

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The reality is that ergonomic injuries are totally different than general work-related injuries and therefore need to be managed differently. This is done by measuring muscle effort, as well as choosing the tools and work practices that are associated with decreases in muscle effort.

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Using state-of-the-art electromyography analysis equipment and ergonomic evaluation software, Greenlee researchers are now able to measure and record the amount of electrical activity produced by the skeletal muscles. In addition to this, they will also be able to collect grip strength and bio feedback information such as heart rate, ECG Waveform, and skin temperature.  All of this information is used to help determine which tools are best suited to be utilized on each jobsite.  The company has also developed a mobile version of the Greenlee ErgoLab to offer job site analysis to end users.

The Greenlee ErgoLab shares all of their testing results for specific tools through published white papers and ergonomic datasheets.  You can find all of this and more on the Greenlee website  or download the PDF HERE. Or, give your Account Manager a call today for more info or to get started with Greenlee ErgoLab.