ROANOKE, Virginia — November 5, 2015 — In an effort to improve process time and to eliminate potential for injury from heavy lifting, Foot Levelers recently invested in two Roll Vertical Carousels by Summit Storage Solutions. The carousels help organize and dispense the large rolls of material (up to 28 inches outside diameter) used to produce top and bottom covers for Foot Levelers custom orthotics.
These simple, sturdy carousels are operated using only two options, “Up” and “Down,” and replace forklifts, step systems and the need for complicated keyboards and interfaces that are hard to use and easy to break. This makes materials quickly and easily accessible to operators and removes the need for advanced training or maintenance, providing continual “uptime” and reducing costs.
Says Chad Warren, Lab Operations Manager of Foot Levelers, “Securing the Summit carousel was the right thing to do for the company, but most of all for our employees. The safety and comfort of our team members has always been of paramount importance to us. The carousel is not only easy to operate, it’s far less physically taxing, making it less likely that an employee suffer from strain or injury.”
Preventing Back Injury: A Special Cause for Foot Levelers
Foot Levelers custom orthotics are research-proven to treat low back pain and prevent injury, so the carousel investment is well aligned with the company’s mission and goals. Studies have also shown that custom orthotics, combined with Chiropractic care, improved symptoms, activities of daily living, sport and recreation, and quality of life in workers whose job requires them to stand at least 6 hours daily. (As an employment benefit, all Foot Levelers employees are provided with custom orthotics and encouraged to wear them daily).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year. Back injuries account for one of every five injuries or illnesses in the workplace, and 1/4th of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries. The principal causes are “lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering [of] manual materials handling” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.