What is a repetitive motion injury you may ask? Well… a repetitive motion injury is an injury to a part of the body that is caused by performing the same motion over and over again, thereby straining the body part.
Strain occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level then it is prepared for. The immediate impact may be minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant straining causes damage.
Many daily tasks preformed in the packaging of your goods could be causing workers to suffer from Repetitive Motion Injuries as well as causing a bottle neck in your shipping department. Recognizing these tasks, such as:
- Hand erecting cartons
- Hand taping cartons
- Manually wrapping pallets
is the first step to preventing serious injuries to your workforce.
Hand erecting cartons could indicate a need for a case erector, hand taping is an indication of a need for a case sealer and hand wrapping is an indication of a need for a stretch wrapper.
To read more about this injury and ways to avoid it in your workplace, click HERE.