Material Handling Ergonomists Take Center Stage at Upcoming ErgoExpo

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Manual material handling (MMH) work contributes to a large percentage of the over half a million cases of musculoskeletal disorders reported annually in the United States. Musculoskeletal disorders often involve strains and sprains to the lower back, shoulders, and upper limbs. They can result in protracted pain, disability, medical treatment, and financial stress for those afflicted with them; employers often find themselves paying the bill, either directly or through workers’ compensation insurance, at the same time they must cope with the loss of the full capacity of their workers.

Scientific evidence shows that effective ergonomic interventions can lower the physical demands of MMH work tasks, thereby lowering the incidence and severity of the musculoskeletal injuries they can cause. Their potential for reducing injury related costs alone make ergonomic interventions a useful tool for improving a company’s productivity, product quality, and overall business competitiveness. But very often productivity gets an additional and solid shot in the arm when managers and workers take a fresh look at how best to use energy, equipment, and exertion to get the job done in the most efficient, effective, and effortless way possible. Planning that applies these principles can result in big wins for all concerned.

As Topper Industrial, and new division Topper Tube, prepares to attend the Ergo Expo in Las Vegas (at booth #500. Register to attend:, there is a basic checklist of questions companies should consider.

1.       Are the weights of loads to be listed judged acceptable by the workforce? yes no
2.       Are the materials moved over minimum distances? yes no
3.       Is the distance between the object load and the body minimized? yes no
4.       Are walking surfaces level? yes no
                 wide enough? yes no
                 clean and dry? yes no
5.       Are the object easy to grasp? yes no
                  stable? yes no
                  able to be held without slipping? yes no
6.       Are there handholds on these objects? yes no
7.       When required, do gloves fit properly? yes no
8.       Is the proper footwear worn? yes no
9.       Is there enough room to maneuver? yes no
10.   Are the mechanical aids used whenever possible? yes no
11.   Are the working surfaces adjustable to the best handling heights? yes no
12.   Does material handling avoid:

movements below knuckle height and above shoulder height?

yes no
                  static muscle loading? yes no
                  sudden movements during handling? yes no
                  twisting at the waist? yes no
                  extended reaching? yes no
13.   Is help available for heavy or awkward lifts? yes no
14.   Are high rates of repetition avoided by job rotation? yes no
                  Self-pacing? yes no
                  Sufficient pauses? yes no
15.   Are pushing or pulling forces reduced or eliminated? yes no
16.   Does the employee have an unobstructed view of handling the task? yes no
17.   Is there a preventative maintenance program for equipment? yes no
18.   Are workers trained in correct handling and listing procedures? yes no

Checklist comes from NIOSH


Topper Industrial

Article submitted by Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager for Topper Industrial

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