Ergonomic Articles

Materials Handling Ergonomics: Minimize the Strain
Ergonomic features in materials handling equipment and software keep workers safe while giving productivity a lift.
European Factsheet 73
Hazards and risks associated with manual handling of loads in the workplace. Manual handling of loads (MHL) is any of the following activities carried out by one or more workers: lifting, holding, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load.
Repetitive Pick-and-Place Actions Find Solutions with EASE
Manual, repetitive pick-and-place responsibilities present challenges when it comes to finding solutions that work for all shapes and sizes, weights and dimensions—both for workers and the products. Solutions do exist, however—ones that have been researched and tested by the members of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE).
50 Years of Misinformation — Squat Lifting Is Not Safer Than Stoop Lifting
More research has just confirmed that squat lifting (knees bent and back straight) techniques are no safer than stoop lifting (knees straight and back bent) techniques in the workplace.
Innovative Ergonomics
An ergonomically designed workplace is imperative to improve worker safety for the aging workforce and the bottom line.
Wholesale and retail trade sector occupational fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses from 2006 to 2016: Implications for intervention
We analyzed the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fatal and nonfatal injuries and illness data on U.S. workers in the wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector from 2006 to 2016. The purpose was to identify elevated fatal and nonfatal injury and illness rates in WRT subsectors.
Ergonomic Workstations: It’s Not a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Numerous options exist for ergonomic workstations, but there are also numerous keys to selecting the proper equipment to the job. Finding those right keys was one of the goals at a webinar held in November by MHI Industry Group Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE), which addressed how companies can most effectively set up ergonomic workstations for the protection of their workers.
Ergonomics in the Production Line
The benefit of good ergonomics at industrial work stations on the factory floor.
Materials Handling Ergonomics: Minimize the Strain
Ergonomic features in materials handling equipment and software keep workers safe while giving productivity a lift.
OSHA Technical Manual Section VII Chapter 1 – Back Disorders and Injuries
Although back injuries account for no work-related deaths, they do account for a significant amount of human suffering, loss of productivity, and economic burden on compensation systems. Back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years and afflict over 600,000 employees each year with a cost of over $50 billion annually according to NIOSH.
Ergonomic Lifting Equipment
Encouraging workers to lift correctly has provided little measurable benefit and it is recognized that proper interventions can improve the workplace. This article covers some good solid basics of this understanding.
Helping Hands
The May-June 2014 edition of Industrial Lift and Hoist Magazine has a feature article regarding how ergonomic equipment maximizes productivity and reduces fatigue.
An Ergonomic "Win-Win" for Material Handling
Making the right improvements in manual material handling can reduce ergonomic injuries and benefit production efficiency.
Lightening the Load
Innovations in material handling are saving retailers real time and money. Read more in this compelling article.
From EHS to the CFO: Ergonomics and ROI
Workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation an estimated $250 billion each year. When put in context with the costs of other major diseases, the costs of occupational injuries are staggering.
60 Seconds with David Butwid
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Ergonomic lifting Equipment
One of the more common tasks in material handling is people lifting objects. Historically this manual material handling has been done without assistance from lifting or positioning equipment. Unfortunately, encouraging workers to “lift correctly” has provided little measurable benefit in reducing the
Manual Material Handling—Ergonomics Required
Despite the introduction of robotic and other mechanical means of moving materials, manual material handling (MMH) is still an essential part of the supply chain process.
Insurance Companies - Advocates for Reducing Workplace Injuries
A resource for reducing injuries associated with manual material handling (MMH) your company may have overlooked is your insurance carrier.
Protect Your Workers Through Ergonomics
Seeking to increase productivity and reduce worker’s comp claims, some material handing companies are studying ergonomics.