Cutting Down on Workplace Injuries: Distributors for equipment and manufacturers making a difference
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses from private industry employers in 2016 - that's 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent employees. Nearly one-third of these nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were of amore serious nature and resulted in days away from work according to the same BLS report - the median number of days spent away from work for these injuries was eight days. The highest cause of these were due to sprains and tears, followed by cuts, lacerations and punctures.
These numbers are steadily decreasing, and in part, that's due to better equipment and products designed to keep employees safer. Truck Equipment is continually searching for and distributing equipment from manufacturers that develop and innovate products to advance safety in the workplace. A few examples of these manufacturers include The Lifter, from Rock Mills Enterprises, featured in this quarter's Upfitter; Switch-N-Go; SwapLoader; backup cameras from Brigade, Federal Signal, and RVS Systems; and more!
The Switch-N-Go system offers ground-level loading and unloading for safer work. Loading a fixed truck body truck takes longer and back-related injuries are much more likely to occur. Employees never have to lift a shovel or item into a regular-fixed body - the Switch-N-Go body is directly placed on the ground.
Backup cameras and monitoring systems are a necessary item on trucks now thanks to the FMVSS rule. Truck Equipment began offering the backup camera systems many years ago, and the technology continues to improve. Manufacturers like Brigade, Federal Signal and RVS Systems provide camera systems to fit every need and every budget. Backup cameras not only help employees on the job, but also keep bystanders safe as well.
Check out the article on Rock Mills Enterprises and The Lifter for more information on the magnetic manhole cover lifter, and see how it can benefit jobsite safety.
We take workplace safety seriously - and we know you do too. Talk to our sales team to find out more about the equipment we offer that can accomplish a lower level of workplace injuries in your industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (515) 266-5189.