dorsaVi assessments provided supermarket store chain with the answers they needed to make the right manual handling aid equipment decisions
Manual handling is a major part of the job in the retail industry. Common activities include stacking shelves, stacking cartons on pallets, moving hand trucks and packing stock. These activities involve several risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Using observation alone, it is difficult to determine which specific movements within a job task are contributing to the risk of MSDs. Employers often have to rely on intuitive guesses and this makes it difficult to justify any significant financial investment in a solution. Senior management often require objective data to demonstrate that an investment will deliver the desired outcome.
A major grocery store chain wanted to reduce the incidence of low back injuries caused by the handling of milk crates and unloading of milk into display fridges. Standard practice was for employees to manually lift milk crates (weighing on average 40-44 pounds) onto the fridge shelf, which placed increased stress on the low back of employees, increasing the risk of MSDs. To tackle this problem, they looked for a solution that would make the task easier and safer for their staff. Read more about how they addressed this challenge.
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