Poor Ergonomics

Hazard: Improper lifting, repetitive motion or poor design of operations can lead to musculoskeletal disorders in workers.

Solutions:

  • If possible, use powered equipment instead of requiring a manual lift for heavy materials;
  • Reduce lifts from shoulder height and from floor height by repositioning the shelf or bin;
  • Ensure overhead lighting is adequate for the task at hand;
  • Provide employees with task-oriented ergonomic training;
  • Use your legs and keep your back in a natural position while lifting;
  • Test the load to be lifted to estimate its weight, size, and bulk, and to determine the proper lifting method;
  • Get help if the load exceeds the maximum weight a person can lift safely without assistance;
  • Don’t twist while carrying a load, but shift your feet and take small steps in the direction you want to turn;
  • Keep floors clean and free of slip and trip hazards.

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