Posts from Maureen Thorne

Getting Geared Up for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2017

The 2017 Applied Ergo Conference is set to run March 27 - 30, 2017 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Over the past decade, ergonomics has been brought to the forefront of concerns that businesses around the world face. Organizations have come to realize that there is a real need to focus on injury prevention and reducing workplace related fatigue. Darcor has been proud to help lead the charge by developing The Guide to Workplace Ergonomics, which specifically focuses on overexertion injuries that occur in the workplace. As we prepare to attend AEC 2017, check out some of the speakers and workshops we are looking forward to. Darcor will also be taking part. If you are interested in finding out more about how casters can be used to support your organization's ergonomic goals, you can visit us at booth #415. You can also check our our educational presentation, Ergonomic Casters: Design and In-Service Testing, which will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

For organizations that rely heavily on wheeled equipment in their day-to-day operations, the purchasing department is tasked with making purchasing decisions that impact the design and handling of equipment. The purchasing department’s main goal is to minimize purchasing costs. This goal can be in direct opposition of other departmental goals. It’s important to remember that a solution that has a low up-front cost is not going to give the long-term, maintenance-free performance and ergonomic benefits of a higher quality, better engineered and therefore more expensive product.
Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | January 17th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment, control and management of obese individuals. The bariatric industry has shown rapid and continued growth as the population gets physically bigger. As a result, ergonomic considerations come into play to support obese individual to maintain and improve quality of life. Supporting obese individuals in today’s society, whether through workplace ergonomics or bariatric healthcare solutions, requires specialized design considerations. Specialized caster and wheel technologies have been developed to provide much lower pushing forces and long term performance caster solutions for medical devices and medical equipment.
Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | December 2nd, 2016 | Comments (0)
Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers make up a significant portion of today’s workforce. These groups have an abundance of expertise and knowledge that keeps businesses running at peak performance. The problem for organizations is that these older workers are going to be exiting the workforce, taking their knowledge with them – in particular, in the manufacturing industry; this is commonly known as “The Brain Drain”. The reality is that Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers are “aging out” of the workforce. They may be experiencing physical limitations which lead them to get ready for retirement. As they retire, there will be a mass exodus of crucial business intelligence that goes with them.
ErgoExpo 2016 – What is the Darcor Team Looking Forward to?

ErgoExpo 2016 – What is the Darcor Team Looking Forward to?

The 2016 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo is right around the corner. The ErgoExpo is being held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. As much as the Darcor team is looking forward to the bright lights and excitement of Vegas, we are even more excited about the speakers and sessions scheduled at the ErgoExpo this year. So, what looks new and exciting at the 2016 ErgoExpo? Here are a few things the Darcor team has identified as “don’t miss” this year:
Don't Wait for a Workplace Injury - Implement Proactive Ergonomics

Don’t Wait for a Workplace Injury – Implement Proactive Ergonomics

Employers worldwide are concerned for the safety and well-being of their employees. Unfortunately, most workplace ergonomics solutions are put into place too late – after employees have sustained workplace injuries. Organizations should be focusing on a proactive approach to combating workplace injuries vs. the reactive approach of trying to solve the problem after the fact.
Safety and the Entertainment Industry - Theatrical / Studio / Stage

Safety and the Entertainment Industry – Theatrical / Studio / Stage

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | September 20th, 2016 | Comments (0)
Workers in a theatrical / stage / studio environment can be exposed to a number of hazards which can put them at risk of workplace injury or death. Workplace injuries can put the employer at risk of penalties, fines, insurance payouts and lawsuits. With so many moving pieces in a theatrical environment, there are many potential situations that can elevate risk. Find out more now...
Continuous Improvement vs. Lean Manufacturing

Continuous Improvement vs. Lean Manufacturing

We hear all about Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement and although they might seem to go hand-in-hand, that is not necessarily the case. By focusing on the bigger picture vs. just the dollars and cents, organizations can miss the bigger vision of their manufacturing environment. Incorporating a focus on company culture by adopting the continuous improvement philosophy allows organizations to incorporate both costs and people in their vision. Continuous improvement stimulates employees to achieve for the greater good of the organization.
Ask a Workplace Ergonomics Expert

Ask a Workplace Ergonomics Expert

Questions and Answers about Workplace Ergonomics and its Impact on Organizations Workplace ergonomics is the interaction of humans and the equipment they use in the workplace. It is crucial to consider workplace ergonomics when designing tasks and equipment to support safety and efficiency in the workplace. To get a better understanding of workplace ergonomics, we’ve put together some questions and answers for you about ergonomics and how it impacts organizations.
Applying Liberty Mutual Research to Reduce Risk of Workplace Overexertion Injuries

Applying Liberty Mutual Research to Reduce Risk of Workplace Overexertion Injuries

Most companies rely on the Liberty Mutual Tables to assess and improve their material handling tasks as they highlight specific areas in the material handling process that need to be redesigned to accomplish workplace ergonomic goals.

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