How Juno Lighting Group Reduced OSHA Recordable Injuries by 93%
About Juno Lighting Group
Juno Lighting Group is a leading manufacturer of lighting fixtures and related products. Since 1976, they have been serving customers throughout North America, including electrical distributors, lighting showrooms, contractors, architects, engineers, lighting designers and commercial facilities.
Juno Lighting Group is a unit of Schneider Electric, a global leader in the electrical industry with sales in excess of $30 billion US dollars.
Juno Lighting Group was struggling with high injury rates and worker’s compensation costs.
Upon contacting Ergonomics Plus for services in 2006, the Juno Lighting Group Fishers, Indiana facility was experiencing high levels of recordable injuries and illnesses. In 2005, the facility experienced thirty (30) OSHA recordable injuries and had a medical incidence rate of 20.29.
Sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal injuries and disorders seemed to plague the facility.
Although there was an active safety team, there was not a formal process in place to reduce the risks associated with these injuries. There was no ergonomics team and no process to identify ergonomic improvement opportunities. Workplace athletes weren’t trained in proper body mechanics, ergonomics, or self-care best practices.
The healthcare process was just as reactive as the ergonomics process and workplace athlete training. There was no early reporting of fatigue in order to put preventive measures in place. Left unchecked, these MSD risk factors eventually led to a steady stream of frustrating, costly, and painful injuries.
In other words, there was no formal process in place to prevent the most common and costly injuries at the facility — musculoskeletal disorders.
Juno Lighting Group partnered with onsite injury prevention specialist Mark Middlesworth
To meet these challenges, this Juno Lighting Group facility partnered closely with Ergonomics Plus injury prevention specialist, Mark Middlesworth. Mark is the owner and president of Ergonomics Plus. He is a 1982 Purdue University athletic training graduate, and received his Master’s Degree in 1983 from Syracuse University.
Juno Lighting Group chose Ergonomics Plus to implement a total musculoskeletal health solution.
That all changed when JLG shared their challenges with us in 2006.
Today, Ergonomics Plus injury prevention specialist Mark Middlesworth continues to make weekly visits to this JLG facility to implement the Ergonomics Plus System.
Ergonomics — Reduce Workplace Risk Factors
Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of workers. Poor worksite design leads to fatigued, frustrated and hurting workers.
A systematic ergonomics improvement process improves worksite design, removing risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries and allows for improved human performance and productivity.
Plus — Reduce Individual Risk Factors
Our onsite injury prevention specialists are Certified Athletic Trainers, and they bring the best principles of sports medicine into the workplace. This approach is driven by engaging employees one-on-one to identify and resolve the root cause of fatigue and discomfort.
This model of proactive, preventive healthcare will create far more value for your organization than reactively waiting to treat the injuries that will inevitably occur in the traditional, reactive model.
The Ergonomics Plus System empowered Juno Lighting Group to lower all causative risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries, not leaving anything to chance.
“The results speak volumes about the impact of this program on our facility. We reduced our MIR from 23.11 all the way down to 2.8 last year and our OSHA Recordable injuries with from 30 in 2005 down to zero in 2009 and just two last year.”
Troy Weber, Safety Manager
A focus on prevention shifts musculoskeletal health from a cost center to a profit center.
The truest measure of our performance is the success of our clients. This is what happens when the right expertise combines with the right process to create world-class results. Here are the results of our partnership with JLG so far.
“The biggest benefit is over the last seven years, our medical incident rate has decreased by, I would say, 80%. We used to be fairly high. Now our medical incident rate is what they would consider world-class, and I believe the ergonomic initiatives that we’ve brought in with Mark have had the biggest impact on that.”
Shawn Young, Plant Manager
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While the industry and environment often changes, the goal is always the same – preventing musculoskeletal injuries.