Reducing the incidence of injury in workers (expired)
Work in distribution centres (DCs) is characterised by repetitive lifting and sorting task. Workers spend most of their workday locating and moving boxes onto pallets (called picking) -up to between 8 to 20 tonnes per shift, per person. Despite many precautions taken, these tasks result in injuries.
One of Australia’s largest supply chain organisations is seeking solutions that can contribute to a sustained reduction in the rate of injuries occurring on the job. A combination of solutions will likely be needed to achieve injury reduction goals. We will entertain a range of potential solutions including, but not limited to: fatigue measurement, predictive analytics and any other technologically-oriented solutions that will help employees avoid injury. We welcome ideas about commercially-available solutions, late-stage ideas that need some further development and testing, or even new research ideas altogether.
- The chance to work with an ASX 50 firm, one of the largest supply chain organisations in Australia, to develop and potentially commercialise your ideas / technologies
- Create a positive, lasting impact on industry
- Learn about the business of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)
Technical Criteria & Supporting Information
- The solution must fit within the current operational structure of picking (i.e. no changes to work content, employee roles and responsibilities, organisational structures nor infrastructure will be considered).
- The solution should focus on, and apply to, the individual worker (rather than a system or operational level change –also, see above bullet).
- The solution should be proactive (e.g. predictive, preventative) not reactive or remedial.
Technology already considered
-The client has considered technologies aimed at tracking, reducing, preventing stress and strain on workers, some of which may still be under consideration.
Additional available data (for successful applicants)
- Historical Injury data (last 5 years)
- Detailed H&S analysis of occupational hazards
- Ancillary needs to support your idea: in responding, please indicate your need for facilities, equipment or resources that may be required to test your idea or demonstrate proof of concept.
Injury mechanisms, bodily locations
Mechanisms Location Frequency
Lifting / carrying 29% Back 26%
Object handling 22% Arms 21%
Repetitive mov’t. 13% Legs 17%
Over exertion 6% Head 14%
Slips and trips 6% Hands 14%
Other 24% Other 8%
Description of picking work
Type Item wt. (kg) Cadence (sec) Height diff. (m) Carry time (%) Duration (h)**
Liquor 14 10-20 0.1-1.68 34-65 6-10
Ambient 1-10 10-20 0.1-1.68 34-65 6-10
To Belt 1-12 -- 0.1-1 34-65 6-10
To Tote 1-12 3-5 0.5-1 34-65 6-10
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