Manual Material Handling: Carrying or Moving Objects Horizontally

MovingMaterial-handling demands in today’s food processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include a combination of lifting, handling and moving raw materials, in-process production and finished products.

Sentry has identified the following manual material-handling risk factors:

• Frequency

• Weight

• Distance

• Position

• Posture

• Prolonged or static holding

• Personal limitations

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with manual material handling by implementing these tips:

Carrying or Moving Objects Horizontally

• Use mechanical aids instead of manually moving objects from one point to another

• Organize workstation layouts to minimize distances materials are to be moved

• Design stations for pushing rather than pulling when moving objects across a surface

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