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Musculo Skeletal Disorder Hand Pallet Wrapping Risk Report

We’ve worked with Bespoke Wellbeing Ltd to analyse how warehouse teams manually wrap pallets, and you can now download our musculo skeletal disorder hand pallet wrapping risk report.

As palletisation packaging experts, we understand the movements and processes that warehouse operative go through as they wrap pallets by hand. This lead us to commission Bespoke Wellbeing, who are specialist occupational health physiotherapists, to analyse the potential risks of musculo skeletal disorder (MSD).

NHS England says that musculo skeletal disorder can affect the joints, bones and muscles, and also rarer autoimmune diseases and back pain. It can be caused by bending, crouching, twisting, stretching, repetitive work, pulling, pushing and stress (source: Health and Safety Executive).

When our Wessex Packaging team visit logistics, supply chain and manufacturing centres across the UK, we often see warehouse teams wrapping pallets, in a whole variety of methods, not all necessarily the most ergonomic! This insight inspired us to get the expert analysis of Alex Long, MCSP, Occupational Health and Physiotherapist Specialist, to really see what a warehouse worker goes through as they wrap a pallet with stretch film manually.

This detailed analysis is show in our video where the pressure points and areas of risk as the warehouse worker goes around the pallet are highlighted in red.

Alex also reported on his findings, and how the risk of musculo skeletal disorder can be reduced, in his report, which can be downloaded here:

Throughout Britain’s supply chain pallets and their loads play a vital part, but too often the bending, crouching, twisting and stretching involved when manually wrapping them in stretch film, goes unnoticed.

So, if members of your warehouse team are incurring lost days through strains, muscle ache and back pain, then it is worth reviewing how they are wrapping pallets.

Ask us here at Wessex Packaging for one of our pallet wrap audits, and see how we can help improve the ergonomics and efficiency of your pallet wrapping process. We are happy to come to your warehouse and work with your team, on a no-obligation basis.

Contact Wessex Packaging on 01935 474 217 or email us at [email protected]. We’re happy to help.

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