• Kyle Durward

Winner of HSE's 'Risk-reduction through design' Award announced

British textile manufacturer Herbert Parkinson has received an award for an innovative tool that helps protect workers from developing musculoskeletal disorders.

The 'Risk-reduction through design' Award 2020/21, sponsored by HSE and Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), recognises design innovation to reduce the risk of MSDs.

Herbert Parkinson worked with designer David Atherton to develop a 3D printed handheld tool, which can be used to insert a large number of curtain hooks into curtain headers.

Workers in the packaging and inspection team had previously been inserting up to 200 metal pin hooks into curtain headers by hand every day, but the new ergonomically designed tool enables workers to slide the hooks in easier, preventing pain in their fingers and hands.

Head of HSE’s Health and Work Branch and chair of this year’s judging panel Ali Wellens said:

“The 'Risk-reduction through design' Awards are intended to highlight the important contribution that design changes can make in reducing risks of musculoskeletal disorders.

“We would like to congratulate Herbert Parkinson for their efforts to reduce the risks of MSDs in the workplace and improve the lives of their employees."

Further details of the award and case studies for the winner and commended entries are available to view on the HSE website.

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