Improving Workplace Safety and Health

Improving Workplace Safety and Health

In a media release on 10th Sept 2014, the WSH Institute said there were 30 fatal injuries in the first six months, compared to 25 during the same period last year – representing a 20 per cent jump. The construction sector was the main contributor at 57 per cent, or 17 deaths, followed by the Marine sector with three deaths and the Manufacturing sector with 2 such cases.

Accidents are preventable and companies need to establish a strong culture of safety to prevent such accidents. Businesses need to have sustainability, and to make it happen, there is a need to have a strong safety and health culture within the organisation.

Occupational Diseases, which refer to diseases contracted as a result of an exposure to risk factors arising from work activity, is one of the most common injuries that is often overlooked due to the lack of visibility of such injuries. Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI) can occur even from the simplest task of clicking a mouse too many times a day.

The McDrive Systems provide our customers with a safe load handling solution to manage their logistical constraints, increase output efficiency and ensure a safe working environment be it in the production line or in the logistics.


Case Study 1:

A is a producer of surgical equipment and tubing. The rubber used to produce the tubing come in 50kg packages (similar to cement packs). The problem they faced was the falling productivity rate as employees got tired from carrying the packs.

2 employees are employed to carry the rubber onto the cutting machine for further processing. This action of carrying the packets of raw material onto the cutting machine is a tiring job. The efficiency of these 2 employees dwindle down with the hours of work.

After the purchase of the vacuum lifter, the productivity of this process (carrying of the 50kg packets of rubber) increases. Little effort is required to lift the rubber as compared to carrying it manually.

Increase in efficiency = (550-365)/365 = 50.6%


Case Study 2:

B is a manufacturer of industrial circuit breakers. The circuit breakers range from 40kg to 60kg. The problem they faced was employees had to bend down frequently to lift the circuit breakers.

In the long run, this creates frequent motion injuries (FMI) to the back. With the circuit breakers as heavy as 60kg, employees have to take additional precaution to lift the circuit breakers onto the production line. Furthermore, with the circuit breaker being very sensitive, employees have to lift and release the circuit breakers gradually on the production line or risk breaking some of the internal parts. This slows down the whole production line’s progress greatly.

The air lifter allows users to lift the circuit breakers onto the production line without bending too often. In addition, the air lifter gives a lot of control to the user with the easy control of the air lifter’s air flow. User can put down the circuit breaker quickly but yet gently onto the production line because of this unique feature of the air lifter’s control.

In B’s case, the lifter not only ensures work health safety, it also allows them to improve their hiring process as they are no longer restricted by gender or physical limitations of potential employees.

B used to have 3 production lines to make up for the slower process to meet their quota. With the purchase of the air lifter, they are able to cut their production line to 2. The additional production line gives them the flexibility to increase their production capacity in the event of increased orders.


Case Study 3:

C is a provider of catering service for airlines. A part of its daily operations involve clearing of in-flight meal trays that are served to airline passengers.

C clears hundreds of food tray trollies that airlines use to serve their passengers. Most of the process is through conveyor belt system. However, this process still requires manpower to distinguish the type of cutleries and utensils to send for cleaning

Due to the nature of airplanes, the trays are stacked vertically in a trolley. In order for employees to clear the trays, they are required to bend down frequently to fetch the trays at the lower end of the trolley. The frequent motion to fetch the trays can result in potential health issues especially back injuries.

Some of C’s employees are rather elderly and the potential harm in health can be even more serious. Furthermore, frequent bending to fetch the tray reduces the efficiency of employees as energy is wasted the extra and unnecessary action of bending lower.

The introduction of the trolley lifter allows the trays to be elevated to waist level where employees are able to just reach out and remove the trays from the trolley and place it onto the conveyor belt much more quickly and productively.