25/11/2008

Ergonomic Solutions: Baggage Handling eTool

With the holidays fast approaching, many will travel by air to visit family and
friends. The airline industry traditionally experiences a significant increase
in the number of travelers during this time of the year. Consequently, airline
employees who handle passenger baggage will have even more items to lift,
carry, push and pull. Ticket agents encounter hazards to the back and shoulder
when they retrieve, weigh and tag baggage as well as move it onto a feeder
conveyor. Ramp agents who lift and move baggage manually are at risk for
developing musculoskeletal injuries.

Employers and employees will find that the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 's Ergonomic Solutions:
Baggage Handling eTool offers tips to prevent these and other potential
workplace injuries. Employees can:

  • Perform stretching exercises that help loosen and relax the muscles and
    joints.

  • Tag excessively heavy baggage and get help from another person or use a
    lifting aid when handling baggage with heavy bag tags.

  • Use a rotation scheme to rotate agents out of a task that is particularly
    stressful. This gives the body valuable rest and recovery time.

  • Use a hand truck or cart to move large and heavy bags over long distances.

  • Ensure that ramp agents do not throw baggage or attempt to catch falling
    baggage.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration