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  • #37504

    [private user]
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    Dear Ergowebbers;

    I am interested in ergonomic interventions with grounds keepers. I wonder what has been done, if anything, especially regarding specialized equipment.

    The population I’m working with has some strains, and a lot of improper use of PPE. Again, I wonder about specialized ergo grounds equipment or any case material you would like to offer.

    thanks

    Bev Burke

    #37789

    pjacobs
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    Bev,

    I did some work a few years ago with grounds keepers for a large school district. Most of the interventions were similar to what we would recommend for an industrial setting: choosing the right tools, handle and grip issues, minor modifications on riding equipment (seats, steps, grab handles, etc.), replacing worn out power tools that vibrated excessiely, etc. There are quite a lot of products out there.

    Good luck.

    #38312

    [private user]
    Participant

    Thanks for the information. I also got a nice presentation from David Wolfe done by Iowa State.

    Having looked at the injuries at this location, one of their biggest problems, is lack of staging. I haven’t seen the equipment yet, trying to schedule.

    #37926

    mp
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    Hi Bev,

    What do you mean by staging? Also, is David

    #37942

    [private user]
    Participant

    Hi Mike:

    My reference to staging describes the worker evaluating the task first, then putting tools, and equipment in ‘best locations’ to complete the work. For instance, providing all the tools necessary at a site prior to starting the task, rather than just plunging right in and then finding that one has to go back and forth to a tool shed or truck to complete the work. The back and forth issue is more physically demanding, and not very productive.

    Re: David’s presentation, I can send it later, if you would like.

    Best wishes

    Bev Burke

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    mp
    Participant

    Thanks Bev and David.

    For anyone else following this thread, the presentation mentioned above is at:

    http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/training/ebooks.htm

    Click on Manual Materials Handling.

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