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Task 3: Bag Sealer

The bag sealer removes bagged parts from a conveyor and then directs the end of the bag into the bag sealer. Sealed product is then placed back on the conveyor so it can be boxed.

Hazards of this task may include:

Repetitive reaching
Hazardous Situation:
Employees repeatedly reach into bins to obtain parts for repackaging and to obtain bags to place the parts in. Repetitive reaching stresses the shoulder and upper back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
  • Reduce width of conveyor so the product is presented closer to the employee.
  • Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.
  • Position bag sealing machines so employees may maintain neutral postures.
  • Develop both left- and right-hand stations so employees can rotate through different stations and provide periods of working rest for employees.
  • Provide adjustable work tables or stands so task can be performed without torso bending or reaching.
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Repetitive pinch grips
Hazardous Situation:
Sealing the bag is also repetitive, as the employee must use pinch grips to grasp, lift, and feed the bag into the sealing machine.
Possible Solutions:
  • Rotate employees to tasks that do not require the use of repetitive forceful pinch grips.
  • Use automatic bag sealers.
  • Arrange the workstation so bags can slide while being moved from conveyors to sealing machines. This will limit lifting bags and reduce necessary finger force.
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