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Lou Rotella, Director Safety and Health, CGG

"I personally have worked with ETC since the early 90's. Since that time I have worked for several different companies, Scott Paper, Meade Westvaco and now Constellation Energy. During my service with these companies I have asked ETC to provide a variety of ergonomic services to the various operations within those companies. Services ranged from training to site assessments to working with ergonomic committees to help select ergonomic tools and equipment. They provide excellent work, were flexible in customization to our particular needs, reliable, and provided competitive pricing."

ETC's client's are on the cutting edge of design. After utilizing ETC's services to incorporate state-of-the-ergonomics into their products, several have been recognized with prestigious design awards. Here is one example:

VistaLab Technologies
U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded that Vistalab Technologies Ovation Bionatural Pipette "showed a significant reduction in the most important MSD (musculoskeletal disorder) risk factors for pipetting". (Read the Report Summary)

Examples of Industries Served:



ETC's services have especially met the needs of the aerospace industry by developing new products and ensuring safer workplaces for their employees. Projects have included:
  • First Class seat design and development, ergonomic specification and validation
  • Business Class seat design and development, ergonomic specification and validation
  • Economy Class seat, ergonomic assessment of design modifications
  • Pressure mapping analysis of aircraft seat cushions
  • Expert review of aircraft seats
  • Ergonomic assessment and redesign of food service carts
  • Assessment of crew rest seats
  • Ergonomic assessment of passenger catering services
  • Review of work procedures in flight attendant manual
  • Analysis of Flight Attendant Injuries
  • Ergonomic assessment of overhead storage bins
  • Ergonomic assessment of Flight Attendant suitcases
  • Ergonomic workplace assessment of baggage handlers
  • Development of a human factors and ergonomic analysis laboratory for cockpit assessment

ETC has had tremendous exposure to the automotive industry with projects to all of the domestic players as well as many international corporations. Here is one projects example with GM:

ETC established a complete applied ergonomics laboratory purchasing all of the objective measurement equipment and training the Industrial Engineering staff on the appropriate usage and results. The company also purchased the equipment and developed an onsite wellness center servicing all of the GM plants located in Mexico:
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Human Vibration testing
  • Anthropometric testing
  • Ergonomic Job Tracking Software
  • Expert review of aircraft seats
  • Job & Task Demand Measurement
  • Employee Strength & Fitness Evaluation
  • Biomechanical Modeling & Job Simulation
  • Ergonomic Reference Library & Employee Education
  • General Measurement tools

Bob Champion, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, Belvidere Assembly Plant, DaimlerChrysler Corporation

"I wholeheartedly endorse ETC Corporation, Inc. as Ergonomic Consultants. When we launched our current model vehicle the task of providing ergonomic evaluations on all operations at the same time proved overwhelming to my limited Safety/Ergonomic Staff despite having the full support of an excellent Ergonomic Committee. We brought in a team of highly trained ETC Ergonomists who, not only provided excellent ergonomic evaluations of our operations, but provided excellent, cost effective, real world solutions.Thanks again ETC!"



Back sprains and strains are the most common disabling injuries for construction workers. Laborers, carpenters, electricians, roofers and plumbers/pipefitters have the most injuries. Many of these are from overexertion and bodily motion. Injury sources include containers, wood/lumber, and tools. Working below the knees, working above shoulder height, doing repetitive jobs, and moving heavy things are common risk factors for ergonomic injuries.

Ergonomics is the science and art of fitting the job to the workers. Through training, worksite assessments and annual lectures at the Construction Safety Council in Chicago, ETC helps improve overall ergonomics and reduce injury potential at construction sites Common issues addressed include:
  • Planning and organizing work and setting up laydown areas so materials are handled, moved or carried the minimum distances and number of times
  • Keeping access paths and walkways level, clear and slip-resistant, to prevent slips and falls
  • Setting up work so it can be done above the knees and below the shoulders. (i.e., on a waist-level work table or saw horses)
  • Ways that work can also be done in a sitting position to prevent prolonged standing, stooping, kneeling or squatting
  • Breaks or trade off with workers doing different jobs for repetitive or long duration jobs
  • Recommendations for material handling equipment (such fork lifts, cranes, hoists, pallet jacks or carts) to move heavy materials or containers
  • Selection and maintenance of powered and non-powered hand tools to reduce awkward postures, forceful exertions, contact stresses, and vibration

Musculoskeletal disorders continue to be a major source of disability and lost work time. Understanding their causes, and especially those that are work-related, remains the key to primary prevention. Assessing the exposure of workers to known ergonomic risk factors is essential and determine which part of a job or task contribute to this growing problem. In order to prevent these workplace musculoskeletal disorders, companies and government agencies must enter into a proactive, systematic approach to ergonomics. This means to identify the risk factors before they cause a lost work day or an injury. ETC has provided industrial and office ergonomics to many government agencies. Some of those agencies are:
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • US Airforce (USAF)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Council on Disabilities (NCD)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)

Satisfied customers include:




Every industry understands the importance of providing a safe and healthy work environment. What about Ergonomics? How does the healthcare professional "sell" the concept of ergonomics and apply the multidisciplinary science to gain productivity, quality and save their company profits?

Historically, back injuries have plagued direct nursing care employees through the activities of Manual Material Handling (MMH). For the most part, all of the patients are handled by one healthcare professional. Patients are human and not cartons, sacks or packages. They must be moved, carried, lifted, turned, transferred, pushed and pulled. The responsibility to remain injury free and continue working lies directly with the healthcare worker. Acute care and long term care facilities pay for the workers' compensation claims, lost workdays and poor labor relations when these issues are not addressed and reduced. Ergonomics is the key for the solution.

What about the out patient clinics, radiology departments, emergency rooms, pharmacies, laundries, supply rooms, kitchens and food delivery employees. These workers have workstations, work methodologies and equipment might create exposures to risk factors as well.

Ergonomics is an essential business tool and best demonstrated with objective measurement techniques for cost benefit, increased efficiency and a happier workforce. Healthcare professionals must understand the importance of Ergonomics in every aspect of a healthcare environment and learn that ergonomics=economics.

ETC has experience in addressing ergonomics issues in laboratory setting including private or community laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, universities, and test laboratories.

A laboratory setting is unique may present risks for repetitive motion injuries during routine laboratory procedures such as:
  • pipetting
  • working at microscopes
  • operating microtomes
  • using cell counters
  • computer workstations
Repetitive motion injuries develop over time and occur when muscles and joints are stressed, tendons are inflamed, and nerves are pinched and the flow of blood is restricted. Standing and working in awkward positions in laboratory hoods/biological safety cabinets can also present ergonomic problems. By becoming familiar with how to control laboratory ergonomic risk factors, you can improve employee comfort, productivity, and job satisfaction while lowering chances for occupational injuries

Recent ETC projects in laboratory ergonomics include:
  • Johnson and Johnson (J&J)
  • Harvard University
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Greg Richardson, Safety Engineering, Aventis Pharmaceuticals

"ETC has been very beneficial for our site by developing an ergonomics training package for not only the associate, but also one for our leadership and a more extensive one for our engineers. ETC took our ideas and our ergonomic statistics, blended them with their ideas and developed an ergonomic package that could be used and understood by all of our associates. We had a steady decline in ergonomic injuries since this program was begun. Their experience and knowledge have led us in developing a successful ergonomics program at Aventis. ETC provided an excellent comprehensive package that could be sustained by plant associates who were trained in the basics of the program. Ergonomists are tremendous resources but ETC provided the rubber-meets-the-road practical program that enabled us to get the results without becoming experts in ergonomics."


 Public Utilities

ETC has provided recommendations to improve the ergonomics of office environments to hundreds of corporations around the globe. Many have entrusted us to educate and train their internal staff for early intervention and identification of risk factors.

ETC currently offers office ergonomics training programs for employees, supervisors, managers and health care professionals either onsite at our clients facilities or through train the trainer programs, online or through e-training, booklets, video etc. Some of our recent office ergonomics experience includes:
  • Samsung
  • LA County
  • Conifer Health
  • Deloitte
  • American Express
  • Cytec
  • Lexmark
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • FDIC
  • Allianz
  • FOH
  • SSA
  • NIH
  • Panasonic
  • LVMH
  • The Segal Company
  • Time Warner

Public Utilities, Transportation Industries, and Telecommunications are generally classified as similar type of industries. For all these industries combined, statistics show that injury/illnesses resulted in lost time of which "Overexertion" accounted for tens-of-thousands of lifting related injuries were most were due to repetitive motion.

The tasks in these industries involve high degree of technical skill (encompassing electrical, mechanical and civil engineering fields), with highly intelligent workers. Majority of the work is performed alone or in small groups of 2 or 3. Many of the tasks are self paced operations with a high degree of task variation. Travel time between sites can be used as an opportunity for recovery; hence there is less risk of repetition induced injuries.

However, the jobs generally expose the worker to the elements such as rain, snow, wind, humidity, heat and cold, and there is a lack of consistent workplace design factors which leads to unpredictable working environments. Clothes and personal protective equipment can adversely affect movement, comfort and strength, and there can be periodic episodes of heavy physical effort.

ETC has had extensive experience in solving ergonomics issues in the operations of public utility organizations and has conducted formal training for engineering at the Edison Electric Institute, the Gas Institute, Midwest Energy Association to name a few.

More Examples of ETC clients include:

A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Advanced Cast Products, Inc.
Advanced Elastomer Systems
American Airlines
American Axle and Manufacturing
American Express Corporation
American Foundry Society
American Safety Consultants
Andersen Consulting
AOL Time Warner
AON Ergonomic Services
AP Technoglass
Applied Concepts
Armstrong World Industries
ASSE- Long Island
Atlantic Mutual Companies
Auerbach & Kirsh
B E Aerospace
Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Union
Backjoy Orthotics
Becton Dickinson
Beloit Corporation
Blinds To Go
Bosch Braking Systems
Bovis Land Lease
Bridge Environmental
Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc.
Britax Rumbold Limited
British Airways
Brooklyn Union Gas
C&S Delivery Systems
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Canada Post Corporation
Cannon Muskegon
Cascade Disability Management
Cast Metals Institute
Caterpillar Corporation
Cardinal Health
Chicago Pneumatic
Chinette Company, The
Chubb Insurance
Citibank Group
CNA Insurance
CNA UniSource
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Consolidated Edison
Constellation Generation Group
Consulate General of Canada
Corporate S & H Consultants
Countrywide Financial
County of Mendocino
CPC - Entenmann's Bakery
Crum & Foster
Cytec Industries Inc.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Belvidere Assembly Plant
Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
Danaher Tools
Darian Co. LTD.
David Easton
Delphi-Harrison Thermal Systems
Dolphin Energy
Donner, Hariton & Berka, P.C.
Dougherty, Leventhal & Price
Dow Corning STI
Dynegy Energy
Eastern District Court
ECCO Design, Inc
Edison Electric Institute

Eisai, Inc.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Envision Strategic Group
ErgoTech Group, Inc
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Occupational Health
Fenton Communications
Franklin Products
Furnished Quarters
Gamma Consulting
Gillette Company, The
GLG Group
GM AC Rochester Delco/Delphi
GM Allison Transmission
GM Fort Wayne
GM LAD Oklahoma City Plant
GM Moraine Assembly Plant
GM Saginaw Plant
GM SPO Drayton Plains Plant
GM SPO Flint plant
GM-Delphi Interior & Lighting
Greater New York Safety Council
Group Four Design
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Harley Davidson
Harvard University
Herman Miller
Hewlett Packard (HP)
Houston's Electrode Sales
Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc
International Truck and Engine
Johnson Controls
Kellogg's Corporation
KeySpan Energy
Kinetic Surgical
Kohler Company
KPS Capital Partners, LP
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Lear Corporation
Lerner Carts
Leviton Mfg. Co
Long Island Power Authority
Louisville Gas & Electric Co.
LRP Publications
M&M Mars
Mail Boxes ETC.
Managing Ergonomics Conference
Mansfield Plumbing Products
Marine Spill Response Corp.
Mendocino County, CA
McGraw Glass
McNeil Consumer Products
Mercedes - Benz
Mid-West Energy
Minteq International
Mitsubishi Corporation
Mobil Chemical
Metro Transit Authority
National Beef
National Grid System
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Safety Council
New Jersey State Safety Council

Northwest Airlines
Northwestern Mutual
ObjectSoft Corporation
Opex Corporation
OTIS Elevator
Palm Beach County
Paul Revere Insurance Company
Pinnacle Foods Group
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Port Authority of NY/NJ
Pratt & Whitney
Procter & Gamble Mfg. Co.
Qosina Corp.
Radius Product Development
Rochester Gas & Electric Corp
Rockwell - Allen Bradley
Royal Bank of Canada
RWD Technologies, Inc.
Safco Products
SBFI, Inc.
Scott Paper
SD Warren
Sedgwick CMS
Segal Company
Shell Oil
Sikorsky Helicopter
Sleepy's, LLC
Social Security Administration
Spacetec IMC Corporation
St. Paul Company
Stanley Tools
Stark & Stark
SUNY Stony Brook
Symbol Technologies
Textron Aerostructures
The Gillette Company
Time, Inc.
Time Warner Music
Tokio Marine Management, Inc.
Tudor Investment Corp
Union Carbide
United Airlines
United Parcel Service
United States Air Force
United States Army Corp of Engineers
United States Attorney's Office
United States Park Service
United States Postal Service
United States Public Health Service
United States Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
United States Surgical Corp.
United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Research Center
Unitec Elevator Company
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts
University of Pennsylvania
Walt Disney Corporation Water Quality Insurance Syndicate
Warner Lambert
Warner Music Group
We Recycle!
Welbert Training Center
Westchester County Medical Ctr.
Workplace Solutions
Yale Materials Handling Group

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Ergonomic Technologies Corporation
118 Hampton Blvd
Massapequa, NY-11758
 +1 (516) 682-8558

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