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Specialised barrow increases turnover and reduces manual handling

A wholesale plant nursery, had the regular daily task of lifting and carrying very large plants and trees in pots. The plants were heavy, bulky and of varied sizes and shapes, which together presented possible risk of causing a musculoskeletal disorder.

The company sourced a specialized barrow for moving the largest plants. The length of the handle and the diameter of the clasp are adjustable to take account of the size of the pot. The introduction of the barrow, made it much easier for staff to transport plants around the site and on and off vehicles. Staff report there is now no strain on their backs. An additional benefit is that it now takes only one person to move a plant, whereas before it took at least two.

The risk of sustaining an injury from lifting heavy plants and trees has been significantly reduced.

Updated 2014-04-15