ResinDek® Provides Ergonomic Mezzanine Solutions
ResinDek used in place of concrete or bar grate can help decrease the risk of work injuries, absenteeism and insurance claims.
Field data collected by The Ohio State University's Institute for Ergonomics of walking on bar grate and concrete surfaces.
A researcher from The Ohio State University takes tibial shock readings on a ResinDek mezzanine floor.
ResinDek: The 3E's, Ergonomic, Economic and Environmental
- ResinDek is more comfortable to walk and work on
- Reduced tibial shock=fewer lost time injuries
- More resilient work surface than bar grate or concrete
- ResinDek saves $3-$5 per sq. ft. vs concrete
- ResinDek saves $2-$4 per sq. ft. vs bar grate
- According to a life cycle assessment conducted by Coldstream Consulting:
- ResinDek is a Net Energy Producer (80% more energy at end of life cycle than consumption)
- ResinDek produces 50% LESS hydrogen ions than concrete
- ResinDek generates 67% LESS smog than concrete
- ResinDek is a carbon negative product since it absorbs more during its life cycle than it emits
- Installing a 50,000 sqft. mezzanine with ResinDek panels instead of concrete saves enough consumed energy and pollution produced that it is the equivalent to taking 56 cars off the road for a period of one year.
The Warehouse Workforce has a Higher Injury Rate than other Occupations
The 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that warehouse injuries occurred in 5.0 out of 100 employees, compared to 3.2 per 100 in all other occupations. Warehouse injuries make up 1% of the total workforce.
The Warehouse Workforce is Growing
The Warehouse workforce comprised 0.3% of the work population in 2015. This means that a warehouse worker is 3x more likely to get injured on the job than the workforce at large.
Warehouse Injuries and Absenteeism Reduce Productivity
In 2014, 34,300 cases resulted in missed days at work, and 95% of absences were a direct result of on the job injuries. Almost everyone at some time has experienced pain or discomfort from walking or running on hard surfaces for long periods of time. So the mezzanine work floor you install deserves some thought for productivity, safety, and workforce comfort.
What's even more amazing is that industry reports state the annual cost of workplace injuries at about $189 billion in 2011, which exceeds the combined profits reported by the 16 largest Fortune 500 companies. In addition, there were a total of 60 million days lost from workplace injuries in 2011, at an average cost of $37,000 per injury.
Highlights of Research Conducted by Dr. Steve Lavender for The Ohio State University's Institute for Ergonomics
Location of Research: A world leader in 3rd party logistics location and an internationally known apparel retailer location. Both locations that volunteered were in the vicinity of Columbus, Ohio, and were over 500,000 in square feet. The ergonomic test data collected at these two locations was conducted on concrete, bar grate and ResinDek flooring surfaces.
- 47 volunteers at two different facilities
- Ordinary work routine
- Pedometers collected at the end of an 8 hour shift
- With a 30" pace, employees averaged 21,000 steps, or 10 miles per day!
- Used accelerometers on volunteers
- Measured tibia acceleration on various surfaces and different walking speeds
- Wore their usual work shoes during the collection process (athletic shoes and workboots primarily)
Summary of Biomechanical Analysis of Walking on ResinDek and Other Mezzanine Floors
- Significantly less tibial shock with ResinDek® at work rate walking speed. Work rate walking speed defined as walking 15% faster than an average walking pace.
- Concrete increased the tibial shock by 5.4% at the work rate walking speed
- Bar grate work rate walking pace showed an increased tibial shock rate of 10.6%
So what does this really feel like?
When you convert the data from tibia shock force to pounds you can easily see and feel the difference when working all day on ResinDek compared to concrete or bar grate.
- Working on Concrete is Equal to adding 12 lbs. to your body compared to ResinDek.
- Working on Bar Grate is Equal to adding 18 lbs. to your body compared to ResinDek.
Why would you ever want to add more weight to your employees who are already packing, loading and moving products?