Consider the following scenario:
The CEO of Machines Unlimited recently presented the annual safety
report at each of the company’s locations. He noted that too many work-related
MSDs are occurring throughout the company and that 98 employees were required
to take time off last year due to MSD related issues (primarily back and
shoulder injuries). This cost the company valuable time, put more strain on
employees to keep up with production deadlines (increasing injury risks even
further), and increased the company’s injury- and illness-related experience
modifier rates, which will likely result in a significant increase in workers’
compensation insurance rates if the trend continues.
As safety manager for the plant you work at, you are responsible for
preventing occupational injuries and illnesses in your facility. The CEO has
requested that the safety manager at each facility implement an action plan
to incorporate exposure assessment, utilize hierarchy of controls in
addressing ergonomics related hazards, increase workplace monitoring, and
increase medical surveillance (to catch potential MSDs early before they
become something more serious). The completed action plans are to be emailed
directly to her and the respective plant managers upon completion.
Please develop an action plan for your facility that reflects the CEO’s
request. In considering shoulder and back injury prevention, discuss the value
of training employees on the importance of lifting mechanics to include some
discussion on “load moment” and how the distance that one’s arms extend beyond
the body while holding a load can put excess strain on the shoulders and back
when lifting. Provide a mathematical example of a 12-pound electrical motor
held close to the body vs. a situation where the load is held at 20 inches
from the body to help emphasize your point (Hint: Make sure you read all of
the required readings in addition to the book chapters).
Also, as instructed by the CEO, make sure that you touch on the importance
of hierarchy of controls and a need to consider engineering solutions to limit
unnecessary lifting and twisting tasks. Do not forget to also include ways to
monitor the workplace for ergonomics related hazards and how medical
surveillance can help to keep MSD related symptoms from getting worse.
As a whole, your case study/action plan must be two pages in length and
double spaced. You must follow APA guidelines throughout your assignment. All
sources used, including the textbook must be referenced; paraphrased and
quoted material must have accompanying citations.