Capping Machines Help Prevent Repetitive Movement Injuries
Business owners can improve production and reduce the number of carpal tunnel injuries in their employees by installing a capping machine or a cap tightening machine. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful, debilitating condition that occurs after the same movements are repeated over long periods.
Employees who cap and seal containers work quickly to keep up with the production line. This is the type of repetitive movement that can lead to permanent injury. Capping machines can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by performing the most stressful part: applying force and torque to the cap to seal the container.
The Big Picture
It makes sense to invest in a capping machine because carpal tunnel injuries slow down production, add to worker absenteeism, create doctors’ bills, and workers’ compensation claims. Plus, the company now has a trained employee who must be re-assigned to other tasks. And the next worker assigned to the capping duties may end up with the same type of injury.
Bottlenecks Causing Bottlenecks
Capping machines also help prevent bottlenecks in production. They are faster and more effective than the best worker. If product has been placed in the containers, capping them immediately also ensures that the best quality product is sent along to the consumer. Capped containers can be quickly moved along the line right away to the label applying and packaging steps. Lastly, uncapped containers won’t be piling up, possibly getting knocked over, creating a mess and a hazard if they are knocked over.
Rotate Work Stations
Another step employers can take to prevent repetitive movement injuries is to have employees change workstations periodically. This helps reduce repetitive movements on one joint or limb. Cross-training employees also helps prevent production slowdowns when someone is absent. It may also prevent workplace accidents by alleviating boredom and monotony.
Stretch It Out
Encourage your employees to develop a habit of stretching before and after their shifts, and whenever they during breaks. This helps relax muscles and tendons and improves blood circulation. Moving digits, joints, and limbs in different directions may bring attention to discomfort that went unnoticed previously.
The long-term consequences of carpal tunnel injuries can, and should, be avoided.