When it comes to workplace wellness, nothing is more serious than employee injuries. An injury not only has devastating effects on the person who suffers it; its repercussions can reverberate through the facility.
An injury can raise the specter of legal liability for everyone who was present at the time. It can result in ongoing compliance issues, conflict, and overhead that could have been completely avoided with the right precautions.
Most everyone takes safety seriously, but sometimes, it’s just not enough. When it comes to safety, workplace automation is your secret weapon.
Workplace Automation Eliminates the Conditions That Cause Accidents
Wherever industrial equipment is in use, there’s always the possibility of an accident.
However, that’s not the whole story. From the individual operators all the way up to equipment designers and manufacturers, people tend to intimately learn the specific dangers of the tools they use regularly.
When mechanical automation is implemented, it provides an exceptional opportunity to re-engineer underlying industrial processes and maximize safety. This is especially important for complex processes that usually can’t be updated “piecemeal.”
Mechanical automation delivers the following great benefits:
Reduction of Pinch Points
A pinch point is any location around equipment where a body part, hair, or clothing could be caught. In most cases, pinch points are not a vital part of the system’s function: They can be completely eliminated when the surrounding steps of the process are revised.
Improved Repetitive Motion
Equipment operators are at risk of developing repetitive stress injuries any time they are required to repeat the same tasks over and over. This can result in debilitating injury and life-long pain. By bringing a new focus on ergonomics into automation, repetitive motion can be minimized.
Better Handling of Exceptions
The worst happens and someone is at serious risk of harm – now what? Alarms, emergency shut-down tools, and more need to be readily accessible. The system must be robust enough so that activating these fail-safes doesn’t result in trading one risk for another.
Done right, mechanical automation can dramatically and permanently improve workplace safety.