ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Humantech, Inc., a VelocityEHS company, is pleased to announce that Parker Hannifin’s recordable incident rate has dropped by 22 percent in one year since implementing The Humantech System®, an all-in-one Software as a Service for managing workplace ergonomics. More than 1,400 users across 440 Parker locations have completed over 2,800 ergonomics assessments, and nearly 800 improvements have been implemented, with many more in the works.
Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of industrial and aerospace markets. With locations in 50 countries and over 300 manufacturing sites globally, one of the company’s primary goals is to achieve zero injuries across the organization. In an enterprise-wide effort, Parker team members recognized an opportunity to increase safety performance with better ergonomics. “Implementing ergonomics improvements creates a better daily experience for our team members. It also engages them to address risk across the company,” says Martha Connell, Director, Environmental, Health & Safety.
Employee engagement in ergonomics begins with an investment from leadership; providing ergonomics training to its employees was Parker’s first strategy. When employees know what is expected of them and understand how to perform their jobs well, they are more confident when collaborating with others to achieve a common goal. As a result, both individual and business performance improve.
In 2012, the company began its movement to drive down injuries with training led by Humantech’s board-certified ergonomists. Parker team members from around the world traveled to nearby facilities in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the United States to learn how to implement ergonomics initiatives correctly. Through classroom instruction and hands-on, shop-floor workshops, teams learned how to identify and prioritize jobs that posed a high risk of musculoskeletal disorders, quantify risks using Humantech tools, and make quick job improvements.
When the company transitioned to The Humantech System in 2017, the leadership team took advantage of the built-in online training modules and required that they be completed by employees outside of traditional “ergonomics” roles. The modular structure of the curriculum enabled Parker to provide role-specific training and create cross-functional ergonomics teams, which included members from safety and engineering to maintenance and shop-floor employees. Since implementing The Humantech System, the company has trained over 700 employees in ergonomics through the online courses.
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For nearly 40 years, global companies have relied on the Humantech brand software and services for workplace improvements. By combining experienced, board-certified ergonomists with our proprietary assessment tools and comprehensive software, we deliver integrated solutions that impact safety, quality, and productivity. At VelocityEHS | Humantech, we’re helping companies do ergonomics right.