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New Tool Available to Assess and Design Push/Pull Tasks

Pushing and pulling of carts, baskets, containers, and other equipment is common in many occupational settings.  Now, a free web tool can be used to determine if existing tasks are safe for employees or to design new push/pull that will guard against injury.

Various common pushing and pulling activities can be evaluated, including:

  • Straight-line movements
  • Turns
  • Two-handed exertions
  • One-handed exertions

This online tool was developed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, based on a research partnership between the BWC and Ohio State's Spine Research Institute.

The goal of these guidelines is to reduce the occurence of back injuries in industrial workplaces.

Background about how this tool was developed can be found here.

 

 

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