First things first, welcome to our new blog! We will be posting here about palletizing,
material handling and warehousing topics!
Our first blog is going to discuss worker safety in manual palletizing installations. We
believe automatic palletizers are the best way to avoid injuries to employees but realize
that they are not in every manufacturer’s budget.
Manually palletizing product can put a lot of strain on an employee’s back. Here are
some great tips and strategies for manual palletizing to prevent injuries:
If you have ever played a sport then you know how important stretching is. Going into a physical activity “cold” is a sure way to tweak a muscle. Here are a few great back stretches that you can do before you start your heavy lifting. Another extremely important muscle to stretch in addition to your back muscles would be your hamstrings! Hamstring tightness can be directly related to back problems. Here are a few great stretches for your hamstrings.
Back pain can occur because of an imbalance between the strength of the abdomen and back muscles. A large number of muscle groups are engaged in providing
the spine the strength to support the body. In case of the abs muscles being weak, it exerts strain on the back resulting in back pain.
Posture & Technique
Your posture and technique for lifting objects play a huge role in the longevity of your back. You should maintain the natural curve in your lower back and lift with your legs. If you bend your back while lifting you are putting yourself at risk to herniate a disc! Avoid twisting and sideways movement. Check out this write-up by Sure Fire Training on manual handling posture.
Back braces can be beneficial with supporting your posture when lifting heavy objects. You can find some good back braces here.
Drinking water prevents muscle cramps and helps muscles relax and contract. Muscles absorb water like sponges, when dehydrated, your muscles are more “brittle” and prone to injury. So drink more water and stay away from the soda.
Lift tables were intended to improve worker productivity while reducing the potential for worker injuries. These ergonomic lifts were designed to eliminate unnecessary bending, stretching and lifting on employees by bringing work to the worker. This is a much easier, safer and more productive way to accomplish your palletizing
Using suction, this jib lift does the heavy lifting for you. When using a vacuum lifter on a daily basis, worker fatigue is greatly reduced and productivity is increased. Vacuum lifts are another great and safe alternate to manual palletizing.