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Material Handling Ergonomics

Improved Ergonomics May Reduce Injuries

Improved Ergonomics May Reduce Injuries Annually, back injuries in the workplace cost American industry up to $14 billion in worker compensation costs and result in approximately 100 million lost workdays, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Furthermore, up to 30% of all worker's compensation claims deal with manual materials handling incidents, says Jim Galante, communication chairman for the Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE) Council of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). With those statistics in mind, the Lift Manufacturer's Product Section (LMPS), a trade association of MHIA, has developed a checklist of ergonomic principles for manual handling tasks designed to help companies reduce the chance of worker injury.

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Ergonomic Principles for Manual Handling Tasks

Minimize Significant Body Motions

1. Reduce Bending Motions Eliminate the need to bend by: 2. Reduce Twisting Motions Eliminate the need to twist by: 3. Reduce Reaching-Out Motions Eliminate the need to reach by:

Reduce Object Weights/Forces

1. Reducing Lifting and Lowering Forces Eliminate the need to lift or lower manually by: Reduce the weight of the object by:
  • Reducing the number of objects lifted or lowered at one time (administrative controls) Increase the weight of the object so that it must be handled mechanically:
  • the unit load concept (such as bins or contain- ers, preferably with fold down sides rather than smaller totes and boxes)
  • Use palletized loads
  • Reduce the hand distance by: 2. Reduce Pushing and Pulling Forces Eliminate the need to push or pull by: Reduce the required force by: Reduce the distance of push or pull by: 3. Reduce Carrying Forces Eliminate the need to carry by converting to pushing or pulling: Reduce the weight of the object by: Reduce the distance by: