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OPERATIONS
Ergonomics
BETTER SAFE
THAN SORRY
by Dan Malovany
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Football players train year-round in blocking, kicking,
passing and tackling. In basketball, they specialize in slam
dunks and three-pointers. In bakeries, the workers' bodies
have adapted over the years to lifting 50-lb sacks of flour
and a myriad of other arduous, repetitive tasks.
That's why Matt Gabris, vice president of environmental
health safety and security, Aspire Bakeries, Chicago, refers
to these industry veterans as " industrial athletes, " who are
specifically conditioned to palletize 30-lb cases of products
and perform other duties to keep the bakery running each
day when rookies may falter.
And he has the research to back it up.
" The data indicates that more seasoned employees have
fewer early-onset musculoskeletal injuries in shoulders,
knees and backs because these employees are work-hardened, "
Mr. Gabris explained. " They're industrial athletes
just like any Olympic athletes. They do the same thing over
and over, and their bodies get conditioned for that type of
work. Certainly, there are and should be safety measures
built into that. "
In today's labor environment, where many bakeries are
scrambling to find enough employees, new hires are potentially
more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal injuries
due to ergonomic issues or look for another job that's less
strenuous. Ergonomics has to do not only with safety, but
also with finding and retaining a stable workforce.
" Every industry says it has an aging workforce, but the
more the baking industry can retain its people by making
its working conditions as comfortable as possible,
whether through rotation or ergonomic work design or
through automation, there will always be a payback to
that, " said Mr. Gabris, who also co-chairs the American
Bakers Association's (ABA) Human Resources and Safety
Professionals Group. " You may have to get a little creative
on the return on investment (ROI), but it's there, and ethically
it's the right thing to do. "
Moreover, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and
subsequent labor shortages have put additional stress on
employees and management, added Jon Anderson, president,
JRA Occupational Safety Consulting LLC, who has
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advised the ABA, bakeries and other companies on ergonomic
issues for years.
" With fewer workers available, employees are finding
workloads increasing, " Mr. Anderson said. " Recently, while
visiting a major US-based baking company, I watched as
line operators were covering more processing lines than
they normally would. This caused them to cover more floor
space, hurrying from one station to others that would normally
be covered by a co-worker. It resulted in more exertion,
more steps, more lifting, more stress and more exposure
to physical stressors and potential injury. "
In other food manufacturing sites, he's seen more frequent
product jams because there were fewer line workMany
bakeries
rotate workers
every 2 to 4
hours, especially
in packaging
departments where
repetitive motion
can be an issue.
Sosland Publishing Co.
Creating an ergonomically
friendly workplace may
not only reduce injuries
but also help recruit and
retain workers.
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