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Jacob Thomas

Jacob was named Ergonomic Specialist for Greenlee Textron in August 2016. He is responsible for consulting with the engineering team to design new ergonomic tools, concepting and executing testing for new Greenlee products, and educating customers on the impacts of ergonomics in the industry.

Five Steps to Improve Productivity and Morale

Productivity has been the mantra of the industry for the last two decades – and it’s not stopping anytime soon. The U.S. Census Bureau reports positive gains for May 2017, total construction spending is up 6.1 percent from May 2016. The result is that companies are implementing new tactics to meet the high demand. Prefabrication, with its substantial time saving benefits, is becoming more prevalent as part of those new tactics. When utilizing prefabrication methods, it must be paired with knowledge and implementation of good ergonomics to recognize those time savings. Prefab gains can easily be offset with labor downtime and high injury/workers comp expenses.