Pneumatic lift-assistance devices can not only prevent back injuries, which account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses and cost businesses over 12 Billion annually, but they can increase productivity by 40%.
A recent article in Industry Week explained how there is no more back breaking work at 3M since it installed tailor-made pneumatic lift-assistance devices that were tailor made for lifting various pressure-sensitive rolls of consumer labels that can weigh up to 250 lbs. The installation, which eliminated lift-related injuries in the associated plant processes, noted that not only is productivity up 40%, but there is no problem with operator fatigue or repetitive motion injury … and an alert employee is a productive employee.
Furthermore, when you consider that a single injury can cost an employee 65,000 or more, it’s hard to argue against installing lift equipment that also increase productivity. So go for it … and give your manufacturing a lift (and then ask for cost reductions since you know you manufacturing will gain 40% productivity as a result).