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All roads lead to rum

Tous les chemins mènent au rhum

Type of item
Case study


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Provider (Original)


Faced with a dazzling rise in production, the company HSE, a local producer of Martinique agricultural rum, had to rethink its packaging line to meet demand. The company has installed various pieces of equipment that have made it possible to automate certain tasks and have reduced staff exposure to the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Several manual operations have been mechanised or semi-mechanised since 2012: depalletising of glass bottles at the head of the line, rinsing of bottles, labelling, encapsulation, box forming, case packing and filming. Equipment has also been installed to facilitate the performance of certain particularly physical tasks.

Confrontée à une progression fulgurante de sa production, l’entreprise HSE, producteur local de rhum agricole martiniquais, a dû repenser sa ligne de conditionnement pour répondre à la demande. Elle s’est dotée de différents équipements qui ont permis d’automatiser certaines tâches et ont réduit l’exposition du personnel aux risques de troubles musculosquelettiques.

Plusieurs opérations manuelles ont étémécanisées ou semimécanisées depuis 2012: dépalettisation des bouteilles de verre en tête de ligne, rinçage des bouteilles, étiquetage, encapsulage, formeuse de cartons, encaissage, filmeuse. Des équipements sont également venus faciliter l’accomplissement de certaines tâches particulièrement physiques.

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Manual handling of loads
Health effects
Back pain or injury
MSDs unspecified
Prevention measures
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Purpose of the material
Awareness raising
Target audience
All (no specific target audience)
Priority area