Pavement Breaker Storage

Task
Storage of a pneumatic pavement breaker in a truck

Problem
Low storage area on the vehicle requires the worker to bend over greater than 45 degrees to retrieve or store the pavement breaker in place. Tool weighs ~ 90 lbs; lift clearly exceeds NIOSH lifting guidelines.

Intervention
Installed a "holster" for the pavement breaker so that worker could slide the pavement breaker in at a raised level, therefore reducing the amount of trunk flexion required. The load is handled closer to the body. "Holster" was installed on compressor, but could also be installed on truck.

Cost
?

Evaluation of Intervention

  • Pros
  • Reduced angle of trunk flexion
  • Cons
  • Could limit access to compressor for maintenance purposes.

Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Intervention

  • Reduction of Identified Risk Factor
  • No New Risk Factors Introduced
  • Productivity not Reduced
  • Low Cost
  • Total
  • 3/5
  • 5/5
  • 5/5
  • 4/5
  • 17/20

Other Possible Interventions

  • Install pivoting shaft inside truck cabinet so that pavement breaker can be loaded horizontally onto shaft and then tilted to upright position on truck

Acknowledgements
Submitted by Ira Janowitz (UC Ergonomics Program)