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Material Handling Carts

Last updated: November 12, 2018

What Does Material Handling Carts Mean?

Material handling carts or trolleys are a low-tech solution to material handling situations that are too light to justify mechanization, but too heavy for manual material handling. Material handling carts are available in a wide range of designs and can be customized to suit specific tasks and materials. Material handling carts should be constructed so that they are sturdy enough to bear their intended loads, and be designed in such a way that the employee can work ergonomically with a minimum risk of injury or repetitive strain.

Safeopedia Explains Material Handling Carts

Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries as a result of manual materials handling are commonplace workplace-related disorders, and, in most cases, they are avoidable. Material handling carts should be designed to limit the amount of exertion required to move materials from one place to another, thereby reducing the incidence of workplace injuries owing to physical strain. Handles should be located in below shoulder height for ergonomic pushing. Wheels should operate smoothly and pneumatic wheels are preferable since they limit transference of shock from the floor surface to the worker's wrists and arms.


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