October 9, 2019 | 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Produced by: National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo
Manual material handling (MMH) tasks are typically complex, and cart handling is no exception. Manual material handling operators are subject to numerous ergonomic stressors while performing cart related tasks. The compound effect of awkward body postures, repetitive motions, and use of excessive force, increases the operator’s risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
In this presentation, we will discuss ergonomic design considerations for carts in order to keep operating forces within safe limits and reduce the risk of injury. Traditionally, determining the acceptability of cart-handling forces has been limited to analyses of initial, sustained and turning forces associated with cart operation. We will discuss how to evaluate force exertions encountered while handling carts, determine acceptable exertion levels, and share our thoughts on evaluating the compound forces experienced by considering all the tasks in an operation.
ErgoExpo Webinar topics
- The ergonomics factors that affect push-pull forces in manual material handling situations
- Cart design factors such as visibility, handle height, operating forces, and caster selection/placement
- The risks and benefits associated with different wheel materials and design configurations
- Case studies on the effectiveness and outcomes of employing good ergonomics in cart design and caster selection
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Yohann Printer is an Ergonomics Engineer at Darcor Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University specializing in Automotive Technology.
Yohann has extensive experience in R&D, testing, and new product development of casters and cart systems for ergonomic applications. His past research focused on the contribution of wheel tread materials to a caster’s ergonomic performance. He has consulted with end users globally on providing ergonomic caster solutions for industrial markets. He is focused on driving forward education on the ergonomic benefits of proper caster selection in manual materials handling applications.