As the world goes digital, more challenges face organizations. Some of the core issues are the frequent injuries to manual workers in various industries.
These mainly occur due to lifestyle and work changes—for example, the onset of remote working. So, how do you ensure the workplace is safe and maintains productive mood, despite the working method change?
The best way to minimize workplace injuries in 2021 is to implement collaborative robots. But how do robots solve remote and physical working injuries? Find out in the following sections of this article.
Causes of Injuries to Manual Works
Certain tools cause workplace injuries. For example, industrial screw driving and nut driving tools are likely to hurt employees. Also, industrial activities involve a lot of part of fitting roles.
For instance, a motor assembly firm needs to gather various parts and join them to form a complete packed body. The process of grabbing, gripping, and fitting the parts may result in hand injuries.
The most typical injuries to industry workers are changes in environmental conditions. For example, many firms sold business buildings when the pandemic hit the world in 2020.
As the businesses resume production, they seek to minimize production costs further. This mostly leads to chopping off a chunk of the workplace to avoid spending heavily on production costs. The result is an exposure of employees to a congested workplace.
The employees are forced to overbend, get exposed to loosely lying electrical wires and objects in the pathways. Other injuries result from slipping on wet floors, and poor lighting.
Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)
Most industrial production entails the assembly of parts. Still, on the motor vehicle example, you need many employees to gather and connect rails, brakes, roof consoles, links, running boards, and pipes.
The process may not be hectic for most employees. But its repetitiveness leads to a group of injuries called repetitive stress injury.
Repetitive stress injury is a progressive tissue buildup that damages nerves and tendons due to their repetitive movements. The effects are explained below.
Injuries to Remote Workers
Repetitive stress injury is the most typical injury affecting remote workers in 2021.
Most of the workers get hurt while handling repetitive tasks such as typing, mouse holding, and long exposure to screen lights. The repetitive finger motions lead to RSI.
How Collaborative Robots Solve Workplace Injuries
The best way to solve the above workplace injuries is to invest in robots. For example, the assembly robot protects motor vehicle assembly workers from injuries in the following ways.
First, you can replace humans in congested workplaces with small industrial robots. The robots are designed to utilize a minute workplace.
They have extreme flexibility due to their ability to rotate 360 degrees while fixed at a point. They can access a huge part of the assembled vehicle due to their widely spreading arms.
Consequently, you relieve employees of repetitive tasks that would lead to RSI and boredom.
Alternatively, you can let humans work with collaborative robots. Here, you don’t replace humans. Instead, you delegate repetitive, boring, and tedious tasks to robots.
Meanwhile, you can assign humans decision-making tasks. For example, you can give let them work in non-congested areas, removing them from exposure to loosely lying wires and poor lighting.
The Importance of Involving Cobots in Injury Minimization
Research shows that organizations that use robots in 2021 to reduce workplace injuries experience propelled growth. The reason being, they can accelerate productivity.
They don’t face employee absenteeism. Neither do they incur rundown issues since the robots do not work 24/7 without needing frequent maintenance.
Most of the firms can chop off massive operative expenses such as huge salaries and wages while boosting their profit margins.
Apart from reducing workplace injuries, you need collaborative robots to enable quicker bounce back to productivity after the pandemic pinch.