MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5 - (Page 77)
Integrating Barrier Protection with
BY JEAN FEINGOLD
orkers doing manual material handling have the best
chance of avoiding injury in
workplaces where barrier protection is
integrated with ergonomic equipment.
In planning or reviewing what safety
equipment to use in your plant, look
at potential physical risks to workers
from machines, slipping and falling
and falling debris at the same time as
considering ergonomic hazards of the
job itself like repetitive lifting, bending,
twisting and reaching.
Areas of concern include work cells,
large machinery, assembly lines, conveyors, walkways and mezzanines.
Examine how workers move through
the plant and what they do on their jobs.
Here is a typical scenario. A worker
enters the building through the plant
door, arriving at a walkway where he
walks 80 feet, passing an intersection,
to a landing. He goes up the stairs to a
mezzanine where goods or parts that
were delivered by a forklift are stored
in racks all the way up to the ceiling.
How can this worker be kept safe?
Barrier protection is needed from the
door all along the edge of the walkway.
The floor should be covered in nonslip, light-colored material. The walkway must be well-lit. At the intersection,
additional barrier protection, a caution
light, a gate and a mirror to see around
the corner may be needed. The stair
steps should be ergonomically designed,
well-lit and covered with a non-skid
highly visible surface. In addition to
having handrails on both sides, install
a spill guard at each edge of the stairs to
prevent anything that is dropped from
going beneath the handrail and falling
to the floor below.
Protect the mezzanine's edge with
both handrails and spill guards. The
items stored in the racks need netting
or rack safety panels to keep them from
falling onto walkways below, potentially
damaging workers or equipment. That
covering must be easy to open and close
so workers will not strain themselves
when doing so.
These six partially raised hydraulic work access lifts raise, lower and position workers
to gain good ergonomic access to their work. The work area is behind a barrier and
the lifts are fitted with handrails with spill guards, gates and ladders for egress on and
off the platforms.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5
Ensuring Supply Chain Supplier Sustainability and Transparency
Energy Savings in the Supply Chain
The Future is Now
The Internet of Things: Connecting Supply Chains to Sustainability
Sustainable Supply Chains Requires Effective Supply Management Capabilities
The Changing Face of the Supply Chain: Under 35 and on the Rise
Building a Sustainable Supply Chain Workforce
Industry Focus: Apparel
MODEX 2016 Preview
Economic Market Analysis
“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!”
Solutions Group Update
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5