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.
Onsite Injury Prevention Specialist
Mark Middlesworth is the owner and president of Ergonomics Plus. Mark is a 1982 Purdue University athletic training graduate, and received his Master’s Degree in 1983 from Syracuse University. Mark is a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist. He has been directing workplace injury prevention services since 1989.
“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
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.
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.
Ergonomic risk factors are identified and control measures are put in place before injuries occur. Workplace athletes are trained in body mechanics, ergonomics, and self-care best practices. Early reports of fatigue are addressed by the injury prevention specialist and preventive measures are put in place before injuries occur.
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