Improving equipment by involving workers to prevent manual handling risks in a PVC plant


Workers at manufacturing plants are often required to lift, carry and drag heavy loads. This involves repeatedly using the same body parts and puts workers at risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This case study looks at an intervention to improve equipment and working conditions at a large PVC manufacturing plant in France.

The intervention involved plant workers, management, members of the safety and health committee and the regional health insurance fund to improve an automated machine that posed risks.

In the end, the plant introduced a newly designed machine that responded to risk prevention and was comfortable for users.  

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