18/07/2003

New Guidance on Reducing Roll Cage Injuries

A new guidance on reducing manual handling injuries in the food and drink
manufacturing industries has been published:Roll cages and wheeled racks in the
food and drink industries: Reducing manual handling injuries.

The brochure gives advice on reducing musculoskeletal and other injuries which
frequently occur when workers push or pull cages or racks, particularly up
slopes or on uneven ground.

Roll cages and wheeled racks are used to transport goods within a factory or
store, or by a lorry to a warehouse or retail store.

When loaded with goods they can weigh up to 500kg or more and can create
particular difficulties when being moved outside or on and off delivery
vehicles. Some companies that use roll cages regularly have found up to a third
of their accidents are roll cage related. Wheeled racks tend to be smaller but
can still weigh 400 kg or more when loaded and are more commonly used in the
factory itself to move products around.

Roll cage and wheeled rack injuries regularly occur from:

- pushing/pulling loaded cages or racks, particularly up slopes or over steps;

- trying to prevent roll cages overbalancing;

- repetitive loading/unloading;

- trapping hands or feet; and

- roll cages falling off lorries (e.g. from the tail lift).

Important design features to reduce injuries and noise include:

- using larger diameter wheels (which can reduce pushing forces by a quarter);

- careful selection of wheel material;

- careful selection of castor and bearing materials and construction;

- proper positioning of handles; and

- restricting load height.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)