Printech Archive, November, 1999: Re: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

Re: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

Brabitz William (
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:33:39 -0500

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Subject: Re: Pressing Ergonomics Problem
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:33:39 -0500

Our press experts here at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing suggest that
instead of using a portable step stool that a diamond plate platform bolted
to the existing floor above the enclosed electrical panel will afford the
best solution. This would accomplish two goals. The employee's will not
loose their footing by stepping off the edge of a portable step stool. A
platform bolted to the floor can not move as easily as a step stool. As a
side benefit our printers suggest that by using the bolted platform the
solvent containers in the picture will not be allowed to be stored on an
electrical box.

Good Luck
Bill Brabitz

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Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

I'm forwarding this message from the Safety List. Hopefully some one can

Rob Lindsay CSP,OHST
Safety Manager
United States Playing Card Co.

"Wolff, David" <dwolff@IASTATE.EDU> on 11/16/99 04:48:56 PM

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Subject: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

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Subject: Pressing Ergonomics Problem



We have an offset printing press that forces the worker to assume awkward postures for periods of one to a few minutes at intervals of eight to about 20 minutes throughout the day (see photos at The individual finds the job to be very literally a pain in the butt.

The printer has (not shown) a custom-made step/platform which provides some benefit.

Administrative controls can be employed short-term, but are not a feasible long-term option.

Accessing the press from the other side is of limited utility as most of the controls are located on one side.

Purchasing new equipment is not foreseen in the near future.

If you have faced such a problem and have a solution, please share it with me.

Thank you.

David Wolff



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