Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company

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Abstract

Manual Materials Handling (MMH) represents a significant part of the tasks carried out by workers across several economic activity sectors. However, there is a big discrepancy between working conditions and workers actual needs and limitations, and this reflects in the high rate of work-related disorders, particularly, the low back pain, due to incorrect MMH. Ergonomics plays an important role in order to reduce risks associated with MMH tasks, to improve workers safety and health, and, consequently, to raise awareness in organizations and society. It is within this scope, that the present study is presented. It aims to analyze and evaluate risks associated with MMH tasks using four risk assessment methods (MMH Guide, Key Indicator Method, Manual Handling Assessment Charts and Comprehensive Lifting Model). For that, four MMH tasks carried out in two workplaces in the luggage rooms at an airport in Portugal were evaluated. A questionnaire was also developed and applied in order to characterize the sample under study and to understand the company practices regarding MMH. Based on the results obtained, improvement measures were proposed, which can reduce or eliminate the risks associated with the tasks studied, like the implementation of automated or semiautomated loading systems or auxiliary lifting systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
EditorsPedro M. Arezes, João S. Baptista, Mónica P. Barroso, Paula Carneiro, Patrício Cordeiro, Nélson Costa, Rui B. Melo, A. Sérgio Miguel, Gonçalo Perestrelo
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages493-501
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14730-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14729-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
PublisherSpringer
Volume202
ISSN (Print)2198-4182
ISSN (Electronic)2198-4190

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Materials handling
Industry
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Ergonomics
Pain
Risk Assessment
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Portugal
Risk assessment
Questionnaire
risk assessment
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Discrepancy
Disorder
pain
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Keywords

  • Baggage handling
  • MMH
  • Risk assessment

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Rosado, B., Colim, A., & Nunes, I. L. (2019). Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company. In P. M. Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, R. B. Melo, A. S. Miguel, ... G. Perestrelo (Eds.), Studies in Systems, Decision and Control (pp. 493-501). (Studies in Systems, Decision and Control; Vol. 202). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14730-3_53
Rosado, Bruna ; Colim, Ana ; Nunes, Isabel L. / Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. editor / Pedro M. Arezes ; João S. Baptista ; Mónica P. Barroso ; Paula Carneiro ; Patrício Cordeiro ; Nélson Costa ; Rui B. Melo ; A. Sérgio Miguel ; Gonçalo Perestrelo. Cham : Springer, 2019. pp. 493-501 (Studies in Systems, Decision and Control).
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Rosado, B, Colim, A & Nunes, IL 2019, Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company. in PM Arezes, JS Baptista, MP Barroso, P Carneiro, P Cordeiro, N Costa, RB Melo, AS Miguel & G Perestrelo (eds), Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control, vol. 202, Springer, Cham, pp. 493-501. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14730-3_53

Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company. / Rosado, Bruna; Colim, Ana; Nunes, Isabel L.

Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. ed. / Pedro M. Arezes; João S. Baptista; Mónica P. Barroso; Paula Carneiro; Patrício Cordeiro; Nélson Costa; Rui B. Melo; A. Sérgio Miguel; Gonçalo Perestrelo. Cham : Springer, 2019. p. 493-501 (Studies in Systems, Decision and Control; Vol. 202).

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Rosado B, Colim A, Nunes IL. Manual materials handling: Case study at a portuguese handling company. In Arezes PM, Baptista JS, Barroso MP, Carneiro P, Cordeiro P, Costa N, Melo RB, Miguel AS, Perestrelo G, editors, Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. Cham: Springer. 2019. p. 493-501. (Studies in Systems, Decision and Control). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14730-3_53