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Protecting the industrial environment by applying ergonomic design

29 November 2019

A report from the Health and Safety Executive in 2018 estimated that 6.6 million working days were lost in the UK in 2017/18 due to work related musculoskeletal disorders.

Health and safety, employee wellbeing and greater productivity benefits, make ergonomic working an essential consideration in today’s workplace. This means not only ensuring that machines and equipment satisfy safety requirements but also making sure that they are as easy to use as possible – ideally effortless, strain-free and offering suitable adjustment for each operator.

Solutions for the process plant and machine operative

One example where manual handling can easily be optimised for process plant and machine operatives is the operator terminal on machines, which needs to be flexible and easy to position using support arm systems. The support arms must be adjustable to allow the terminals to be comfortably positioned for operators of different heights.

Rittal is now offering a height-adjustable support section for its CP support arm system. There are two weight ranges: 4-30kg or 10-60kg. Weight can be adjusted within these ranges to ensure that the enclosure remains at the set height over long periods of operation without any re-adjustment – a feature comprehensively tested by Rittal in the laboratory over 30,000 cycles. 

Read the full article in the December issue of DPA.

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