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Raffi Elchemmas

Raffi Elchemmas, MBA, AEP, is an industry leading Ergonomist with board certification in professional ergonomics. He completed degrees in Kinesiology at Michigan State University and an MBA in Health Sector Management at DePaul University in Chicago. He has worked in the tool industry for years helping to disrupt the injury prone environment by reducing thousands of work-related ergonomic injuries and helped to quantify millions of dollars in customer savings through ergonomics.

Powering Tool Safety

In recent years, the total number and rate of work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) or ergonomic injuries in construction have increased significantly.1 With an increase of 12%, this data highlights the need for both employers and employees to focus more of their attention to ergonomic safety. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, there is a 19% employment increase for electricians projected through 2024. Why is this significant? It equals more than 81,000 new opportunities to improve safety right at the beginning of these apprentices’ careers.