Even though warehouses and factories are becoming more automated, manual material handling (MMH) is still useful, and even required in some applications. To reduce the possibility of injuries to workers from the repetitive movements required in manual material handling implies organizations must consider ergonomic intercessions. Two main considerations affect the need to enhance manual material handling strategies: the accessible pool of employees and market requests.
Material handling can be a dangerous prospect. As indicated by a current report by The Travelers Companies, Inc., material handling is the most common reason for physical injury in the work environment. Their Injury Impact Report studied more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims from 2010 to 2014. At the highest priority on the rundown was material handling, making up 32 percent of the aggregate cases.