Ergonomics (sometimes known as human factors) can be simply defined as “the process of creating workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them.”
When it comes to bolting tools, tube tools or pipe tools, ergonomics is especially important.
Ergonomics saves money
Using a hydraulics or pneumatic tool that’s too big, too small, too heavy or not designed properly can result in injuries like:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprained fingers or wrists
- Hand fatigue from exertion or strain
- Cuts, bruises and scrapes
People hurt on the job results in lost productivity and increased costs due to worker’s compensation or injury payments.
It makes workers more productive
Think about how much you can get done when you’re using a hand torque tool that fits nicely and that’s designed smartly.
Tools made with ergonomics in mind oftentimes boost productivity because it will encourage:
- Proper posture
- Less exertion and grip
- Fewer hand motions and movements
- Lighter weights
- Better reaches
An ergonomically-designed tool makes the entire working area safer, more comfortable and more efficient. By extension, it makes the worker the same way.
Quality goes up
Bad ergonomics can lead to unhappy and tired employees who can’t do their best work.
And tired workers may not do the job as they were trained to do it.
Here’s a sample:
An employee may not fasten a nut properly because of the high force requirement the tool demands. As a result, product quality can be impacted.
Employee engagement increases
Hard-working employees take notice when a company is putting in a concerted effort to improve their health, safety and working conditions.
Providing them with ergonomically-focused tools and services can go a long way towards helping workers feel more invested in the company and their work.
Plus, if an employee isn’t tired or uncomfortable during the workday, the long-term benefits can include:
- Lower employee turnover rates
- Decreased absenteeism
- Improved morale
- Increased employee involvement in company-wide initiatives
Create a culture of safety
Committing to ergonomics demonstrates your company’s commitment to safety and health as a key organizational value.
For any company, a healthy, happy and engaged employee is its most valuable asset.
Creating and furthering a health and safety culture will only lead to better human performance for your company.
Get your hands on our tools
At Ultra Torq, we provide tools which are designed with ergonomics in mind to ensure safe handling, proper usage and maximum productivity and quality.
You need to see – and handle our tools – for yourself to discover just how effective and comfortable they really are.
Request a product demo today. We’ll bring our tools to you, where you can experience them with your own hands.