Material Handling Overview The term “material handling” usually refers to the various processes by which objects or materials are safely moved and stored. These processes are usually found throughout all stages of manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, utilization and disposal. As a procedure, material handling consolidates an extensive variety of manual, semi-mechanized and automated gear and frameworks that help coordinate the supply chain.
“Manual material handling (MMH) is the top reason for workers compensation claims and lost time injuries,” stated Jim Galante, chairman of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE). Most of these claims are related to the lower and upper back, which are among the most expensive claims. Ergonomic intervention programs can significantly reduce those incidents.