Many daily occupational tasks in the construction, utilities, and mining industries involve frequent and prolonged kneeling. Meanwhile, the cost of medical treatment, insurance claims, and interventions for knee-related injuries
continue to increase. How much protection do knee pads and kneeling mats actually provide? How much kneeling is too much? How to reduce injuries and medical costs due to kneeling? CARGI is currently undertaking projects that address these specific questions, identifying the mechanisms that occur during prolonged kneeling and following kneeling (recovery), to provide work-rest cycle recommendations that minimize injury.
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Personal Protective Equipment Testing
Many workers wear kneepads or use kneeling mats long after they cease to be functional, increasing the risk of knee injury. CARGI is undertaking a study to determine how often the kneepads/kneeling mats need to be replaced. Field work on benchmarks gained from the research will test the effectiveness of the knee protecting equipment. The results from this project will suggest a variety pf ways to improve the comfort, health, and productivity of your workers. If interested, Please contact us at email@example.com or call: 414-229-4550.
Want to learn more about working smartly while changing a gas meter? Ever experience back pain, neck pain, or knee pain while working on a gas meter? Learn how to protect yourself from injuries while working on a gas meter. Our NEW video is just for you!
“Protecting Yourself from Injuries: Gas Meter Change-out Guide” video was developed by the CARGI team specifically for gas utility employees/contractors. The video describes the best ways to prevent injuries while performing residential, industrial/commercial meter installation, service, repair, etc.
The following topics are highlighted:
Preparation work: (crew, size, tools, location of the meter, etc)
PPE (needed or required)
Work plan (from A to Z)
Residential vs commercial gas meters (challenges and suggestions)
Engineering and ergonomic solutions (best practices and lessons learned)
The research behind the video included:
- Review of the gas meter change-out task as currently performed in the field
- Review of any injuries/pain/discomfort experienced by the employees who perform this task
- Prioritization of the different scenarios within the task
Scenarios are defined and differentiated by:
meter location, meter size, crew size, and tool usage
- Evaluation and improvement of selected scenarios as currently performed
- Development of proposed solutions and evaluation of the solutions in the field
- Dissemination of results into a training video