Versatility as a remedy for fatigue

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Versatility as a remedy for fatigue

La polyvalence, un remède à la fatigue

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Case study


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Following discussions with Carsat Sud-Est, the Office Depot warehouse in Saint-Martin-de-Crau has initiated several measures to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. 

At the suggestion of the employees, the racks on the floor were raised to allow the pickers to put their feet underneath and thus bend less.

In addition to these actions aimed at reducing physical effort, the management is encouraging its employees to be more versatile, in particular through additional pay.

The operators are the first to be affected by these changes and they say they are satisfied. "We are less tired at the end of the week and our work is less repetitive, 

À l’issue de réflexions menées avec la Carsat Sud-Est, l’entrepôt d’Office Depot situé Saint-Martin-de-Crau a initié plusieurs mesures de prévention des troubles musculosquelettiques. Avec, à la clé, une plus grande polyvalence des salariés. Sur proposition des salariés, les racks situés au sol ont été relevés pour permettre aux préparateurs de passer leurs pieds en dessous et ainsi moins se courber.En complément de ces actions visant à réduire les efforts physiques, la direction encourage ses salariés, par un complément de salaire notamment, à une plus grande polyvalence.

Premiers concernés par ces évolutions, les opérateurs se déclarent satisfaits. « On est moins fatigués en fin de semaine et notre travail est moins répétitif », 

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Manual handling of loads
Health effects
Back pain or injury
MSDs unspecified
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
All (no specific group)
Prevention measures
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
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)