Many safety professionals have already had the unpleasant experience of seeing that giving good information alone will not change working behaviors. We understand that employees must see, feel, discover, and figure out for themselves the role they play in how they feel every day, their risk for injury, and the workable solutions that solve their challenges. When they fully understand and internalize the importance of their working habits a sense of urgency to change their habits develops. They believe they can do their jobs and not have to live with the painful conditions they may currently accept as “just part of the job”.
Another key ingredient of the Ergo-Power® approach is the understanding that employees cannot help themselves merely by learning techniques for work activities. Imagine trying to memorize a technique for every movement and every task you do on the job and at home. A technique for digging a hole, another technique for digging a very narrow test hole, a different technique for a 5 foot deep excavation, several more techniques for digging under obstructions, and 3 techniques for manually backfilling the hole. Now we have covered only half of the issues of how to dig with a shovel. Start to understand the challenge?
With Ergo-Power® your employees discover two proprietary processes that allow them to evaluate within seconds how stressful their current working techniques are and how to improve them either a little at a time or as much as is fully possible for any situation they face on the job or at home. Their goal is continual improvement. They become empowered to find safer working techniques that they are comfortable with and seem practical to them, so they are more likely to incorporate them as habits.
Our approach is process oriented and tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of each client. It incorporates a combination of ergonomic, biomechanical, and behavior change methodologies. Over the years this distinct approach has been refined into a proven model for reducing cumulative trauma and other musculoskeletal injuries. To see what our clients think about our approach click here.