The equipment and machinery has to be suitable for the task ... but it should also be suitable for the users.
Often equipment is purchased without first considering:
Lack of consideration of these points can result in poor working postures leading to potential injury and discomfort. Think about the design and layout of equipment and machinery.
How will it be used, and by whom.
Is equipment too low
or too high?
Is there sufficient leg room?
Consideration of where items are stored is also important.
Avoid storing items too low and arrange items so that the heaviest can be reached at waist height.
Height adjustable trolleys should also be considered.
When machinery is installed, consideration is not always given to how easily maintenance work will be carried out.
This must be taken in to account to avoid inappropriate postures & unsafe working practices.
Cleaning equipment can result in awkward postures.
In this scenario, the operator must handle a heavy load whilst balancing on an unsuitable step ladder.