Success Brief:Increased productivity and worker
efficiency; reduced worker fatigue and potential for back strain.
IP/Shorewood Packaging, a participant in
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs, was concerned with the potential for back injuries associated with
frequent bending required to move corrugated cases or carton blanks during the manufacture of folding cartons.
The company decided that powered scissor lift pallet positioners with attached turntables
represented the best solution. This equipment enables employees to work primarily at waist level. As workers fill
a pallet, the top of the positioner can be adjusted so that the work height remains at an optimum level. This
eliminates severe bending, over-reaching, and other awkward motions.
Productivity increased as carton packers, machine feeders, and sheet inspectors no longer
needed to bend, stoop, walk, or reach to load pallets or inspect printed sheets. Workers can now load a pallet
more easily, in less time and with less fatigue. Workforce morale has increased as well.