The simple yet unique Ergonomic Adjustable Work Surface System has come of its own due to the ever growing concern with ergonomics and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD's) both at home and in the work place. The system's prime function is to reduce or totally eliminate lower back pain experienced by any person, regardless of stature, who is performing tasks in a standing position at any work bench, cash register, kitchen counter, kitchen sink, cooking surface, bathroom vanity, etc.
Recent concerns, findings and mandates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) give evidence to the fact that this system will eventually find its way into an innumerable number of homes and work places. The following is quoted from OSHA's web site on their page that deals with ergonomics at http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/:
"Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. When there is a mismatch between the physical requirements of the job and the physical capacity of the worker, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) can result. Workers who must repeat the same motion throughout their workday, who must do their work in an awkward position, who must use a great deal of force to perform their jobs, who must repeatedly lift heavy objects or who face a combination of these risk factors are most likely to develop WMSDs."
"In 1996, U.S. workers experienced more than 647,000 lost workday WMSDs. WMSDs now account for 34 percent of all lost workday injuries and illnesses. These injuries cost business $15 to $20 billion in workers' compensation costs each year. Indirect costs may run as high as $45 to $60 billion. "
"Often WMSDs can be prevented by simple and inexpensive changes in the workplace. Adjusting the height of working surfaces, varying tasks for workers and encouraging short rest breaks can reduce risks. Reducing the size of items workers must lift or providing lifting equipment also may aid workers. Specially designed equipment, such as curved knives for poultry processors, may help. "
The Ergonomic Adjustable Work Surface System accomplishes the raising and lowering of a work surface by incorporating a wall or table mounted electric toggle switch which controls a hydraulic system that is built into the legs of the surface. For applications involving plumbing, gas or electricity, flexible and expandable connections are applied.
Work surfaces that are set against a wall are reinforced by a given number of wall tracks in order to stabilize the surface. Kitchen counters, sinks and bathroom vanities that are in use today are permanently bolted or screwed to the wall in a steadfast position. Vast applications are evident for this system insofar as it can be incorporated wherever a particular person stands while performing his or her duties. Here are just a few examples:
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