Reducing discomfort for hi-rise truck operators
Hi-rise trucks, used by all Warehouse operators, are used to access material stored at height within the Warehouse racking system. Potential ergonomic concerns surrounding use of the hi-rise trucks, identified from incident reports, observations and surveys, are;
- Wrist discomfort – this could be related to both hands simultaneously turning the controls to operate the vehicle.
- Back pain – in relation to the restricted space within the cockpit area and the length of time someone could be operating the truck.
A rotation policy has been implemented to significantly reduce any potential ergonomic issues related to the operation of a hi-rise truck. This allows the staff to change their body position and avoid static and repetitive muscle action. A number of the trucks also have adjustable control panels and seats that move up and down. These have been inspected on a regular basis to ensure they are in good working order and all staff have been shown how to utilise the adjustments for the controls.
- The improvements have been made without any additional cost to the business and since their implementation there has been no further discomfort reported by the operators.