There are 3 key ergonomic risk factors that, if present, increase a worker’s risk of an ergonomics injury. The factors include the force of loading the body’s joints and muscles excessively, moving the body’s joints away from a neutral, comfortable position, and the frequency of holding an awkward posture or excessive force statically for too long, or repetitively.
Implementing the Magline hand trucks, such as the CooLift can potentially reduce the force a driver handles on a typical route by up to 25,000 pounds, thereby substantially reducing injury risk. The cumulative force is supported by the drivers’ hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and back joints.
Injury risk to these joints is reduced by using the Magline hand trucks. Potential direct medical costs associated with one injury to joints can be reduced by implementing ergonomically designed Magline products, such as the CooLift.
Additionally, exposure to the high postural ergonomic risks associated with the following tasks can be reduced by between 50% - 66%. Additionally, physical burden placed on delivery drivers is 16% less when using the CooLift. The cost saving of avoiding one injury could be greater than $100,000.
Magline, Inc. (www.magliner.com) manufactures a complete line of innovative lightweight route distribution solutions under the Magliner brand. Recently named one of the Great Supply Chain Projects of 2013 according to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Magliner solutions are used in the beer, soft drink, food service, parcel delivery, home healthcare, and other distribution industries. Magline also offers implementation consulting and solutions for reducing service times and eliminating waste during deliveries. Magline, the manufacturer of the innovative CooLift Delivery System, allows distributors to deliver more product in less time, combining an easily maneuverable and high capacity hydraulic lifting truck with integrated plastic “half” pallets for improved safety and efficiency. Magline was named a finalist in the MHI Innovation Award. Follow Magline on Twitter at @MaglineInc.