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"The Human Hoist was a leap forward in ergonomically positioning our worker's to the work in the best way possible while eliminating the safety risks associated with typical creeper use. It has greatly improved the safety of our shop for the applications it has been applied to. The staff at Human Hoist are great to work with and have an amazing, innovative product with a variety of industrial applications! I would highly recommend this product!"
With a traditional creeper, this man has to lay awkwardly, with no head support, and overextending his arms to get the work done- with time and repetitive movements he will more than likely begin to suffer the effects that lead to musculoskeletal disorders and overexertion leading to potential injuries that could result in required therapy, surgery and with enough time possibly disability
Modern ergonomics dictate that the employee be able to perform their assigned tasks while operating within prescribed ranges of motion to prevent injury. Traditional ergonomic methodologies typically focus on manipulation of the workstation or work space to allow the employee proper access.
In some cases, reorenitation of the work is not cost effective, or simply not possible. In lieu of proper work positioning, makeshift devices are constructed to allow the employee to prop, roll, or otherwise rig themselves into a position so they can complete a task. Often this stop-gap measure allows limited access with poor positioning that requires overextension or other trauma to joints just so the employee can complete the task. When done in this manner, the task is often completed quickly so as to minimize discomfort, resulting in work that may not be in compliance with production standards. Eventually the employee could suffer an acute injury, and over time could suffer cumulative trauma requiring time off, therapy, surgery, and even disability, but most importantly affecting the quality of the employee's life.
Personal positioning of employees can be more effective and cost efficient than attempts to orient the workstation or piece of work to the employee...
Using Human Hoist allows you to position yourself to the work when the work cannot be postioned to you! This man's head is supported, he is closer to the work which helps alleviate overextension of his arms, and he is does NOT have to lay in an awkward postion! With Human Hoist he can even raise the chair up even closer to the aircraft with the touch of a finger!
This is where Human Hoist comes into the picture. The Human Hoist Power Shop Chair is a personal positioning device uniquely designed for lifting and supporting the human body for work. Designed with stable 3 point casters, Human Hoist effortlessly glides from position to position, and can be anchored with the wheel locks as needed. Human Hoist can be stopped at any position in its travel to function equally well as a chair, an adjustable stool, or a creeper.
By adjusting the position of the worker to large or unwieldy work, proper ergonomics can be applied and work can be performed within the accepted ranges of movement. In addition, multiple tasks can be performed, each in a proper work position by quickly and safely repositioning the device to each task.
Personal Positioning Devices such as Human Hoist can reduce or eliminate these poor work practices while increasing effieciency, improving quality, reducing injury, and resulting in greater employee satisfaction! By implementing and utilizing Human Hoist in specific, targeted work areas within your organization, both you and your employee's will benefit!
Aerospace & Aviation
Manufacturing & Production
Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW)
Transportation & Heavy Equipment
Provides adjustable head support makes work easier and reduces the likelihood of injury, fatigue, and strain
Prevents accidental chair movement. Chair can move at full speed or slowly for accurate positioning.
*Control/Battery Pods can be expanded to accommodate for individual operator space requirements
High capacity Lithium-Ion battery packs can be swapped out at any time for charging with zero downtime. Included chargers fully charge each battery pack in one hour.
-*See Options & Upgrades tab under Products page for additional information about battery brand configuration options
Stainless steel magnetic tool trays keep parts, tools, and supplies within reach in all positions!
*See Options & Upgrades tab under Products page for more tool tray information
Glide effortlessly across work surfaces. Wheel locks allow anchoring the chair in any position at the touch of a finger.
*See Options & Upgrades tab under Products page for more sizes & options
Automatic & Adjustable Backrest Automatic and adjustable backrest provides unparalleled adjustability as an assistive device, allowing backrest adjustments in 10 degree increments.
Stainless Steel Chassis for Long Life, Easy Cleaning, and Good Looks 300 Series Stainless Steel and Aircraft Aluminum Chassis is corrosion resistant and easy to clean. Quality of materials and construction ensures decades of product use.
Ergonomics can be defined simply as the study of work. More specifically, ergonomics is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing the worker’s body to fit the job. Adapting tasks, work stations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker can help reduce physical stress on a worker’s body and eliminate many potentially serious, disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Industries increasingly require higher production rates and advances in technology to remain competitive and stay in business. As a result, jobs today can involve:
Increasing specialization that requires the worker to perform only one function or movement for a long period of time or day after day
Working more than 8 hours a day
Working at a quicker pace of work, such as faster assembly line speeds
If work tasks and equipment do not include ergonomic principles in their design, workers may have exposure to undue physical stress, strain, and overexertion, including vibration, awkward postures, forceful exertions, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting. Recognizing ergonomic risk factors in the workplace is an essential first step in correcting hazards and improving worker protection. Ergonomists, industrial engineers, occupational safety and health professionals, and other trained individuals believe that reducing physical stress in the workplace could eliminate up to half of the serious injuries each year. Employers can learn to anticipate what might go wrong and alter tools and the work environment to make tasks safer for their workers.
MSDs, or musculoskeletal disorders, are injuries and disorders of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and cartilage) and the nervous system. They can affect nearly all tissues, including the nerves and tendon sheaths, and most frequently involve the arms and back. Occupational safety and health professionals have called these disorders a variety of names, including cumulative trauma disorders, repeated trauma, repetitive stress injuries, and occupational overexertion syndrome. These painful and often disabling injuries generally develop gradually over weeks, months, and years. MSDs usually result from-
Excessive repetition of movements that can irritate tendons and increase pressure on nerves
Awkward postures, or unsupported positions that stretch physical limits, can compress nerves and irritate tendons
Static postures, or positions that a worker must hold for long periods of time, can restrict blood flow and damage muscles
Motion, such as increased speed or acceleration when bending and twisting, can increase the amount of force exerted on the body
Inadequate recovery time due to overtime, lack of breaks, and failure to vary tasks can leave insufficient time for tissue repair
These risk factors, either alone or in combination, can subject workers’ shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, backs, and legs to thousands of repetitive twisting, forceful, or flexing motions during a typical workday.
The High Cost of MSDs
MSDs account for 34 percent of all lost-workday injuries and illnesses
Employers report nearly 600,000 MSDs requiring time away from work every year
MSDs account for $1 of every $3 spent for workers’ compensation
MSDs each year account for more than $15 billion to $20 billion in workers’ compensation costs. Total direct costs add up to as much as $50 billion annually
On average, it takes workers 28 days recover from carpal tunnel syndrome, longer than the time needed to recover from amputation or fractures
Workers with severe injuries can face permanent disability that prevents them from returning to their jobs or handling simple, everyday tasks
Proactive ergonomics reduces costs: By systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent costly MSDs. With approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers compensation costs attributed to MSDs, this represents an opportunity for significant cost savings. Also, don’t forget that indirect costs can be up to twenty times the direct cost of an injury
Proactive ergonomics improves productivity: The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity. By designing a job to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient and happier employees
Proactive ergonomics improves quality: Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained. For example, an employee might not fasten a screw tight enough due to a high force requirement which could create a product quality issue
Proactive ergonomics improves employee engagement: Employees notice when their company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their worker's health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement
Proactive ergonomics creates a better safety culture: Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value of your most vaulable assest, your employee's. The cumulative effect of the previous four benefits of ergonomics is a stronger safety culture for your company. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety and health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organization
How can Human Hoist help your company with Worker's Comp Claims & Disability?
Everyone knows that being proactive when it comes to the safety of your employees is extremely important...however, unfortunately most companies are the opposite, reactive and measures are neglected until there is a reason to do so. This is where Human Hoist can help your organization be proactive when it comes to worker's comp & disability claims!
There are two types of cost for worker's compensation expenses
Studies and reports provided by the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) state, in addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. It has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct worker's compensation costs alone! And up to 5 times that amount for indirect costs associated with worker's compensation!
Direct costs include workers' compensation payments, medical expenses, and costs for legal services
Examples of indirect costs include hiring/training replacement employees, accident investigations, implementation of corrective measures, lost productivity, repairs of damaged equipment and property, costs associated with lower employee morale, increased absenteeism, lost revenue, increased healthcare costs, disability, worker's comp costs, and presenteeism
In case you're unfamiliar with the term, presenteeism was coined to define the practice of workers reporting to work when ill, overly fatigued, or for other reasons not operating to their usual level of productivity.
In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 BILLION dollars anually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee. But as high as those numbers are, presenteeism may be a greater expense for businesses. Workers who are present but not working up to capacity due to illness or other health factors cost US businesses billions of dollars more every year. A survey by Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, shows employees in their study averaged 4 sick days a year, but indicated that the time they lost while on the job (ie, being present by not working productively) added up to a staggering 57.5 days per year per employee! See how Human Hoist can help your organization!
The number of U.S. workers experiencing a long-term disability continues to grow at an alarming rate. In 2005, 2.4 million people filed disability claims with Social Security. The latest U.S. Census estimated there are over 30 million disabled Americans between ages 21 and 64.
Human Hoist was designed specifically to not only help prevent individuals from sustaining work-related injuries but also to assist an individual that is disabled to be able to return to work who otherwise may not have been able to or return to work sooner!
An illness or accident will keep 1 in 5 workers out of work for at least a year before the age of 65
One in 7 workers can expect to be disabled for five years or more before retirement
The average long-term disability absence lasts 2.5 years
Over 51 million Americans are classified as disabled, representing 18 percent of the population
In the U.S., a disabling injury occurs every 1 second, a fatal injury occurs every 4 minutes
Three in 10 workers entering the work force today will become disabled before retiring
Over 6.8 million workers are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, almost half are under age 50
While many people think that disabilities are typically caused by freak accidents, the majority of long-term absences are due to back injuries and illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis and back pain are main causes of disabilities
In the last 10 minutes, 498 Americans became disabled
A study by the Center for Disease and Control and The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health reports that job stress is one of the leading causes for increased decline of worker's health which in turn results in increased injuries resulting in increased worker's comp & disability claims!
Just what exactly is job stress- job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Scientific evidence suggests that certain working conditions are stressful to most people, with 40% of worker's report their job is very or extremely stressful, 26% of worker's report they are often or very often burned out and stressed by their work, and 29% of worker's report they feel quite a bit or extremely stressed at work. In short, the stage is set for illness, injury, and job failure.
One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago
Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor-more so than even financial problems or family problems.
Stress sets off an alarm in the brain, which responds by preparing the body for defensive action. The nervous system is aroused and hormones are released to sharpen the senses, quicken the pulse, deepen respiration, and tense the muscles. This response (sometimes called the fight or flight response) is important because it helps us defend against threatening situations. The response is preprogrammed biologically. Everyone responds in much the same way, regardless of whether the stressful situation is at work or home. Short-lived or infrequent episodes of stress pose little risk. But when stressful situations go unresolved, the body is kept in a constant state of activation, which increases the rate of wear and tear to biological systems. Ultimately, fatigue or damage results, and the ability of the body to repair and defend itself can become seriously compromised. As a result, the risk of injury or disease escalates. Nonetheless, evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that stress plays an important role in several types of chronic health problems-especially cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychological disorders.
On the basis of research by NIOSH and many other organizations, it is widely believed that job stress increases the risk for development of back and upper- extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
Although more study is needed, there is a growing concern that stressful working conditions interfere with safe work practices and set the stage for injuries at work. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days.
The Human Hoist Power Shop Chair is uniquely designed for lifting and supporting the human body for work. By utilizing it's personal positioning technology it can and does help to alleviate stressors on the job that result in multiple various health problems. Your employees are your most valuable asset!
Call us today to see how our innovative, ergonomically designed, one-of-a-kind product can help bring an end to work-related injuries!
Return on Investment (ROI) is the ratio between the net profit and cost of investment resulting from an investment of some resource. A high ROI means the investment's gains compare favorably to its cost. As a performance measure, ROI is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiencies of several different investments. In purely economic terms, it is one way of relating profits to capital invested.
OSHA's $afety Pays Program
Estimated Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Estimated Impact on a Company's Profitability Worksheet
Click here to learn the real facts about how much work-related injuries are costing your business!
Employers can use the "$afety Pays" to assess the impact of occupational injuries and illnesses on their profitability
Click Here to read about what EHS Today discusses "How Ergonomics Impacts the Cost of Doing Business" and determine for yourself how ergonomics programs can help businesses cut costs, reduce workers’ compensation claims and increase productivity!
Back Surgery- When combined with surgical costs, medications, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), rehabilitation and disability, the average spine surgery case approaches$100,000 or more. The direct costs are astronomical and may reach as high as$169,000 for a lumbar fusion and $112,000 for a cervical fusion. It takes at least 3 to 4 months after surgery for bones to heal well, and healing may continue for at least a year. If you had spinal fusion, you will probably be off work for 4 to 6 weeks if you are young and healthy and your job is not very strenuous
Rotator Cuff Surgery- The average cost of medical care was $50,302.25 per patient. The average time to return to unrestricted duty from the date of injury is 11 months. However, patients referred to a specialist immediately following the diagnosis of a rotator cuff tear had total costs that averaged $25,870.64 and returned to work an average of 7 months postoperatively. Patients managed via a "gatekeeper" system averaged $100,280.10 in total costs and the average return to work was 18 months.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery- The average cost for a total knee replacement (TKR) in the United States is $49,500. A partial knee replacement (PKR) typically costs about 10 to 20 percent less than a total knee replacement. The average time to return to unrestricted duty from the date of injury is 3 months depending on the type of work involved. An individual should be able to stop using their crutches or walking frame and resume normal leisure activities six weeks after surgery. However, it may take up to three months for pain and swelling to settle down. It can take up to a year for any leg swelling to disappear.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery- The average cost of the procedure, therapy and other related expenses can average approximately $29,000. The recovery from carpal tunnel surgery takes time – anywhere from several weeks to several months. If the nerve has been compressed for a long period of time,recovery may take even longer. Recovery involves splinting your wrist and getting physical therapy to strengthen and heal the wrist and hand.
Implementation of Human Hoist for work requiring bending, stooping, and crawling can help prevent long term injury to joints and help eliminate sprains and strains caused by over-reaching from a poor position; resulting in HUGE savings from your investment. Find out how the Human Hoist Power Shop Chair can make your organization's work safer, more efficient, more productive, and more comfortable while keeping your most valuable asset, your employees, happy!
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