Surveys suggest that almost half of transport and storage workers suffer from backache . In an industry where levels of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are highest, Midland Pallet Trucks suggests that the key to tackling these numbers is improved education on the proper usage of manual handling equipment.
Warehouse workers are relied upon to regularly use heavy manual handling equipment, transport bulky items across the warehouse, and facilitate the movement of goods throughout the UK supply chain. However, when backache leads to increased sick leave, longer delivery times, and less productivity, it can have costly ramifications for warehouse managers and the supply chain as a whole.
According to Midland Pallet Trucks, a leading supplier of hand pallet trucks, lift tables, and manual stacker trucks, many issues with backache lie with warehouse employees not being educated on the correct usage of the equipment they use. When equipment is handled correctly, the strain on workers’ backs is significantly reduced and they are able to continue their job while maintaining a healthy posture.
Midland Pallet Trucks are calling on warehouse managers to take care when it comes to training up new employees, introducing new machinery into the warehouse, and making continuous checks to ensure proper usage.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks says, “Manual handling equipment is there to make the lives of warehouse workers easier, not put them at risk of backache and other musculoskeletal disorders. One of the main issues we see is workers not knowing how to properly handle the equipment they’re using; this leads to a range of issues and can really affect their ability to perform their role. We’re calling on all warehouse managers to take more care when it comes to equipment management to ensure a happier and healthier workforce.”
The Midlands-based supplier of manual handling equipment has a range of items that can boost the productivity of UK warehouses when used correctly. Correct use is always indicated within the product manuals, but it’s also up to warehouse managers to enforce proper usage guidelines in order to keep their workers safe.