Eliminate Ergonomic Hazards During Waste Disposal

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By Jennifer Taylor January 4, 2016

Emptying garbage into dumpsters is a perfect storm of ergonomic hazards.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has identified the three greatest risk factors for Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) as:

  1. Bending and reaching.
  2. Placing undue stress on vulnerable muscle groups.
  3. The use of too much effort to complete work tasks.

When your staff manually lifts a heavy garbage can over a tall dumpster lip, they expose themselves to all three. While it may seem like a common, everyday task, emptying waste bins without mechanical assistance might be costing your organization big-time.

In 2014, strains, sprains, and muscle tears accounted for 420,870 days-away-from-work incidents. The median amount of labor lost to these injuries was 10 days. Clearly, these injuries place a major strain on workforce availability.

MSD injuries aren’t just a problem for staffing, however. These injuries also incur huge costs in the form of workers’ compensation payments, to say nothing of the damage done to workplace morale and staff cohesion.

The solution is to provide workers with equipment that shoulders the burden for them. For waste disposal and many other emptying tasks, Bin Tippers from Solus Group create a safer, more efficient working environment in virtually any industry.

Improving Workplace Ergonomics With Bin Tippers

Any operation which regularly requires lifting and emptying of containers can greatly benefit from employing Bin Tippers, as they eliminate the risk factors when performing these tasks.

Bin Tippers from Solus Group can be deployed in many applications. The most obvious is waste management, where emptying upright containers makes up a large portion of required tasks. However, waste management is far from their only use. Bin Tippers can significantly cut down on the most common workplace injuries in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Sorting
  • Food Production
  • Warehousing
  • Schools, Hospitals, and Other Institutional Settings

Bin Tippers aren’t simply labor-saving devices. By speeding up work tasks, extending the height at which bins can be emptied, and shrinking the amount of floor space required to do so, bin tippers can be an invaluable efficiency tool.

With three starting models and a near-limitless selection of custom manufacturing options, Bin Tippers from Solus Group can be made to fit workflows of any size, volume, or speed. Furthermore, because ergonomic concerns have been repeatedly recognized as falling under OSHA’s General Duty Clause — and because MSD injuries as a result of manual material handling is a recognized workplace hazard — these machines can keep businesses from incurring costly fines and citations.

If your operation requires your employees perform repeated lifting and emptying, Bin Tippers can provide an enormous return on investment, and will pay for themselves with the first prevented injury.

References:

"Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2014." Bureau of Labor Statistics, 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

"Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 June 2014. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

"Ergonomics Enforcement." Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

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