Will a machine help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury?

Will a machine help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury?

Dave Martin |

With the litigious nature of today’s society, duty of care as an employer is as important as ever. With statistics provided by The Trade Union Congress (TUC) stating that 5.4 million working days are lost each year due to Repetitive Strain Injury, thought to cost UK industry between £5-10 BILLION each year, the issue becomes very prevalent.

Infographic courtesy of Penclic

The NHS define Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI) as;

A general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It's also known as work-related upper limb disorder, or non-specific upper limb pain.The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the:

  • forearms and elbows

  • wrists and hands

  • neck and shoulders

Trying to prevent repetitive strain injury occurring in your workforce must be a priority. Down time through staff being unable to carry out their normal and necessary tasks can be costly, musculoskeletal disorders make up around 30% of all workplace injuries that result in lost work days.  So why not look to a solution that not only will prevent RSI but stop it completely.

Our machines are optimised to work ergonomically, and semi automate processes normally fulfilled by people. While people are still integral to any business, and to operating our machines, our Phil range does all the ‘heavy lifting’. Situated at optimum working height, on our table top stand, and with our hopper extender holding a lot more product to reduce re-fill time and strain, we really do have you covered.

Take for example the coffee roasting industry;

Hand-packing involves repetitive scooping of coffee beans into packaging, a strain on joints and muscles which is minimised using a Phil machine to dispense desired quantity of weight.
Normally packed bags are then sealed closed using a hand held sealer, which involves pressing and holding the machine shut, whilst the heat moulds the opening of the bag together. Our Seal range again minimises wrist strain, and risk of repetitive strain injury.
Factor in the time saved by the semi-automation of the process, and the speed that the machine can weigh and fill verses a human, and it becomes a real no brainer.

If this sounds like the solution that you have been looking for, or if you would like further information, please contact a member of our team on 01748 349112.