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How to design an office space that people want to come back to

Originally posted October 19, 2021. Published in: Workspace Revolution Your office design showcases and influences your company’s two biggest assets: your property and your people. As companies begin to invite employees back to their offices since the pandemic, the question lingers: how do you create a space that employees want to come back to? After over a Read more about How to design an office space that people want to come back to[…]

Physical Therapy Float wins the Grand Marshal’s Award!

The California Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) entered a float in the 2022 Rose Parade, winning the Grand Marshal’s award for “Most outstanding creative concept and float design”. As a proud member of the APTA for 40+ years, this was exciting to see! Many association members helped to make this happen with donations Read more about Physical Therapy Float wins the Grand Marshal’s Award![…]

Reduce the risk of back injuries

Originally posted August 29, 2021. What’s one way workers can cut their risk of a back injury in half? “Store it off the floor,” the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries says. Safety pros and supervisors, you can help reduce the risk. During your next safety talk, Washington L&I recommends asking workers: What are Read more about Reduce the risk of back injuries[…]

Employee Wellness in the Era of Hybrid Work: Ergonomics, Mental Health, and Self-Care

Written by Kevin Lombardo. Originally posted on November 8, 2021 From factory floors and warehouses to offices and homes across the country, the nature of work has evolved significantly in the last couple of years. Research conducted by DORN Companies indicates that employers are noticing impacts in the overall health, safety, and wellness of their Read more about Employee Wellness in the Era of Hybrid Work: Ergonomics, Mental Health, and Self-Care[…]

Tuggers, carts and casters: Evolving the wheel for automation

Written by Roberto Michel. Originally posted on October 5, 2021 The move toward automation doesn’t mean a decline in demand for materials handling carts and the casters and wheels found on them. Far from it. In multiple ways, the automation trend is pulling the market for carts and casters right along with it, increasing demand for carts Read more about Tuggers, carts and casters: Evolving the wheel for automation[…]

Increased cognitive demands offset low-back exoskeleton advantages, research finds

Written by Alleynah Cofas, Texas A&M University. Originally posted on October 28, 2021 In manufacturing, work-related lower-back injuries from lifting and handling heavy objects account for approximately $100 billion in medical bills annually in the United States, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although novel ergonomic interventions such as industrial exoskeletons have Read more about Increased cognitive demands offset low-back exoskeleton advantages, research finds[…]

Forklift operator comfort is essential

Written by MHW Magazine. Originally posted on September 4, 2021 A forklift operator’s office is the truck’s cabin so it’s essential that every aspect of the cab’s design is considered if the operator is going to be kept comfortable and productive throughout the working day, says Toyota Material Handling UK’s Gary Ison Sitting comfortably Ergonomics Read more about Forklift operator comfort is essential[…]

Efficient packing is forward facing packing

Packing stations must meet the demands of labor shortages, faster pacing and more demanding customers. Here’s how they do it. Written by Amanda Loudin. Originally posted on September 8, 2021 As it looked back over its lost-time claims from a two-year period, a national outdoors apparel retailer came to an eye-opening conclusion: a full 70% of Read more about Efficient packing is forward facing packing[…]

Re-visiting office ergonomics for a safe return

Written by Linda Miller. Originally posted on July 12, 2021 Adjusting the workplace to meet diverse needs post pandemic The growing number of vaccinated Canadians is generating much excitement, especially because it might mean getting back to normal. But when that happens, will everyone go back to the office? In the last year, with millions Read more about Re-visiting office ergonomics for a safe return[…]

How bad “cognitive ergonomics” can drain doctors’ brainpower

Written by Tanya Albert Henry. Originally posted on August 16, 2021 Think of the brain as a car with a finite amount of fuel available to function optimally. An excessive workload can drain what it takes for your brain to run properly. So too can having to work in a way that you are constantly switching tasks Read more about How bad “cognitive ergonomics” can drain doctors’ brainpower[…]