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Human Factors Analysis of Materials Handling Equipment.


PB81167744

Publication Date 1978
Personal Author Coleman, P. J.; Gottlieb, M. S.; Kaplan, M. C.; Knutson, S. J.; McPeek, J. S.
Page Count 294
Abstract Human factor deficiencies in the design and operation of powered industrial trucks, powered cranes and hoists, and powered conveyor systems were evaluated. Information concerning the major categories and causes of accidents involving materials handling systems was furnished by Wisconsin workers' compensation case histories, accident investigations, and employee reports of injury. The Wisconsin data was supplemented with new information gathered from on site observations of the actual equipment in use. Specific design deficiencies were not as critical in causing accidents as were deficiencies in proper applications of the equipment, inadequacies in the use of accessory tools and equipment, and general management and system inadequacies in the development and exchange of relevant information concerning hazards and proper equipment use. The authors conclude that the hazards of industrial materials handling systems are not managed properly, resulting in uncontrolled hazardous conditions and behaviors that produce injuries and illnesses. The authors recommend that improvements be made in standards for equipment and its utilization, and that further research be conducted.
Keywords
  • Materials handling
  • Industrial accidents
  • Human factors engineering
  • Industrial trucks
  • Standards
  • Design
  • Equipment
  • Records
  • Hazards
  • Accident prevention
  • Safety
  • Construction equipment
  • Data collection
  • Conveyors
  • Cranes(Hoists)
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Workmens compensation
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors Wisconsin Univ.-Madison.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198114
Contract Number
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-0115
Human Factors Analysis of Materials Handling Equipment.
Human Factors Analysis of Materials Handling Equipment.
PB81167744

  • Materials handling
  • Industrial accidents
  • Human factors engineering
  • Industrial trucks
  • Standards
  • Design
  • Equipment
  • Records
  • Hazards
  • Accident prevention
  • Safety
  • Construction equipment
  • Data collection
  • Conveyors
  • Cranes(Hoists)
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Workmens compensation
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-0115
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