Robotic palletizing systems have the capability to palletize more than 300 pounds, as well as handle finished loads of more than 4,000 pounds. This can greatly reduce lifting injuries, which account for a third of workplace-related injuries.
These automation systems can also decrease repetitive motion injuries, including shoulder and lower back pain. Lower back injuries are the leading cause of disability and account for nearly 20% of all worker compensation claims, according to FMP Global. Nearly 500,000 claims are filed each year with an average compensation of $24,000.
Nationwide, lower back pain accounts for 264 million lost workdays each year. And it costs Americans at least $50 billion in healthcare costs each year. Add in lost wages and decreased productivity, and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.