Rotacaster - Manual materials handling: risk driven opportunities

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Slide deck for a presentation by Tim Strube at the Queensland Safety Show 20/06/2013.

Review of risks and opportunities in the field of manual materials handling with a look of the current injury rate data, compounding facts including an increasingly ageing, unfit and obese workforce, and a lack of skill in areas of increasing materials handling.

Solution: deliver for all stakeholders - the user, management and OHS.

By improving the user experience - making it easier
By improving productivity (management) - making it quicker
By de-risking the task (OHS) - making it safe
all key stakeholders have a vested interest in adopting the solution.

Easier, quicker, safer works to deliver effective and implemented solutions.

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Rotacaster - Manual materials handling: risk driven opportunities

  1. 1. MANUAL  MATERIALS  HANDLING:  RISK  DRIVEN  OPPORTUNITIES
  2. 2. THE  STATS:  
  3. 3. 75%  OF  WORKERS  INVOLVED  IN  MANUAL  MATERIALS  HANDLING  ARE  INJUREDCANADIAN  CENTRE  FOR  OCCUPATIONAL  HEALTH  AND  SAFETYh=p://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/mmh/hlth_haz.html
  4. 4. MANUAL  MATERIAL  HANDLING  CONTRIBUTES  TO  A  LARGE  PERCENTAGE  OF  MUSCULOSKELETAL  DISORDERS  REPORTED  ANNUALLY  IN  THE  USA.CalOSHA
  5. 5. 68%  OF  VICTORIA’S  WORKERS’  COMP  CLAIMS  ARE  RELATED  TO  MANUAL  MATERIALS  HANDLINGwww.worksafe.vic.gov.au
  6. 6. VICTORIA’S  AVERAGE  WORKER’S  COMPENSATIONS  CLAIM  IS  $55,000.www.worksafe.vic.gov.au
  7. 7. WHEN  AN  EMPLOYEE  REPORTS  BACK  PAIN,  AN  INVESTIGATION  USUALLY  FOCUSES  ON  THE  IMMEDIATE  INCIDENT.  HOWEVER,  FATIGUED  MUSCLES  ARE  MORE  SUSCEPTIBLE  TO  INJURY.Ohio  Bureau  of  Workers’  Compensa[on
  8. 8. IN  SPITE  OF  CONSIDERABLE  SAFETY  PROGRESS,  MANUAL  MATERIALS  HANDLING  PRESENTS  RISKS  THAT  HAVE  THE  POTENTIAL  TO  IMPACT  A  WIDE  RANGE  OF  PEOPLE,  POTENTIALLY  FOR  A  LIFETIME.
  9. 9. COMPOUNDING  FACTS
  10. 10. THE  WORKFORCE  IS  AGEING.AROUND  13.5%  ARE  NOW  AGED  65+  THAT  WILL  RISE  TO  ALMOST  23%  BY  2050  MONASH  UNIVERSITY’S  VERONICA  SHEEN
  11. 11. AS  WE  AGE,  ACTIVITY  DECREASES.HUMAN  RESOURCES  &  SKILLS  DEVELOPMENT  CANADA
  12. 12. ONLY  ABOUT  5  TO  7  PERCENT  OF  THE  (U.S.)  POPULATION  ARE  ACTUALLY  REGULARLY  ACTIVE.BYU  EXERCISE  SCIENCE  PROFESSOR  LARRY  TUCKER
  13. 13. BUSINESS  RISK  OF  OBESITYMAPLECROFT  GLOBAL  RISK  ANALYTICS
  14. 14. WHERE  AND  WHO?
  15. 15. manufacturerdistribution retailconsumerautomated manual
  16. 16. mechanicalskilled semileast skilledautomated manual
  17. 17. THE  FUTURE  MANUAL  MATERIALS  HANDLING  RISKS  WILL  BE  COMPOUNDED  BY  AN  INCREASINGLY  UNFIT,  OBESE  AND  AGEING  POPULATION
  18. 18. CHANGE  IS  DIFFICULT  THESE  RISKS  ARE  AN  OPPORTUNITY  TO  EFFECT  NEEDED  CHANGE.
  19. 19. CASE  STUDY
  20. 20. A  SIMPLE  CHALLENGE:IMPROVE  THE  MOVEMENT  OF  PACKAGED  AND  CRATED  MILKFROM  THE  RECEIVING  PALLET  TO  THE  BACK  OF  THE  SHELVES  ANDOPTIMISE  THE  STACKING  PROCESS
  21. 21. THE  STAKEHOLDERS:USER:  MAKE  IT  EASIERMANAGEMENT:  MAKE  IT  QUICKEROHS:  MAKE  IT  SAFER  
  22. 22. STEP  1:  REINVENT  THE  HAND-­‐TRUCK
  23. 23. HAND-­‐TRUCK  VS  ROTATRUCK
  24. 24. Click here for video elementhosted on youtube/rotacaster
  25. 25. ROTATRUCKINNOVATIONHANDTRUCKTRADITIONReduced effort •Improved Productivity •Increased safety •• Used to it• Cheaper hand-truck• Known riskVS
  26. 26. ROTATRUCKEASE BACKHANDTRUCKPULL BACKEasier pull-back effort and noneed to stop at waypoints.Need to park and pull backloads at waypoints increasingstrain on musculoskeletal.✔ ✘
  27. 27. ROTATRUCKLOAD SUPPORTHANDTRUCKSUPPORT LOADReduced effort as theRotatruck carries the load, notthe operator.Requires constant operatorinput to maintain load-balance,exerting strain and effort.✔ ✘
  28. 28. ROTATRUCKLEVERHANDTRUCKLIFTLever rather than lift up curbsor over obstructions withoutreversing.Operator exerts maximumeffort to reverse and pull loadup and over curb.✔ ✘
  29. 29. ROTATRUCKBALANCEHANDTRUCKCARRYBalance rather than carry theload over soft or uneventerrain.Operator carries increasedshare of load to safely moveacross terrain.✔ ✘
  30. 30. ROTATRUCKTHE SAVINGSHANDTRUCKTHE COSTSHeavy user: Couriers, warehousepersonnel, food and beverage distribution...Productivity gain: 100+ hours/yrSavings: $2,500✔ ✘Moderate user: Large retailers,warehouse personnel, facilities services...Productivity gain: 50+ hours/yrSavings: $1,250Light user: Office, small retail, facilitiesservices...Productivity gain: 25+ hours/yrSavings: $625Costs per injury?The most common body part affected by MMH is theback, which often suffers strains, sprains, herniated discs,joint inflammation, and dislocation.The average cost ofeach low back injury is US$24,000, as reported by theNational Council on Compensation Insurance.The directcosts can be many times that if the injury is severe orpermanentLoss of productivity?Losing a team member to injury, whether temporary orpermanent, replacement labour and the loss of experienceincrease costs and reduce productivity in real terms.Insurance rates?Are your insurance costs influenced by claims?Regulatory risks?Are you taking all available steps to limit safety risk?
  31. 31. INVENT  A  NEW  LATCHING  SYSTEM  TO  TRANSFER  CRATES  EASILY,  QUICKLY  AND  SAFELY
  32. 32. Click here to video elementhosted on youtube/rotacaster
  33. 33. THE  EVIDENCE   TRADITIONAL         ROTATRUCK
  34. 34. THE  RESULT.WOOLWORTHS  IS  ROLLING  OUT  THE  PROGRAM  ACROSS  AUSTRALIA.ESTIMATED  ROI  -­‐  90  DAYS.
  35. 35. IN  CONCLUSIONBEING  SAFE  IS  GOOD.BEING  SAFER  AND  MORE  PRODUCTIVE  IS  GREAT.BEING  SAFER,  PRODUCTIVE  AND  USER  FRIENDLYIS  A  WINNER,  FOR  EVERYONE.
  36. 36. EASIER,  QUICKER,  SAFER.

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