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Decreasing Injuries in Grocery Distribution

SRI-Ergonomics partnered with a large East Coast grocery chain, to help decrease the rates of strain & sprain injuries particularly among their warehouse Order Selectors.  These injuries were due to the:

  • Highly repetitive handling of cases and other grocery items;
  • Heavy weights of many of these cases; and
  • Awkward postures required to remove cases from slots and position them on outbound pallets..

Our ergonomics efforts included:

  • Providing in-depth ergonomics training to groups of managers, safety & health personnel, and production employees;
  • Conducting ergonomics assessments of production jobs and providing recommendations for process improvement; and
  • Developing corporate- and facility-level ergonomics teams and an overall macroergonomics process for the company.

The result of these collective efforts resulted in a 50% reduction in injuries the year after all work was completed.


Download our manual, A Best Practices Guide for the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Food Distribution Centers (free).