Maximum walking distance for assembly line worker

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Thaumaturge
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#21
When I worked for General Dynamics I worked in the main assembly building for the F-16. It was a mile long. Just walking to my desk from the parking lot could be a good 1/4 mile walk. Bicycles and golf carts in the building were very common for people who had to move around quite a bit, but I guarantee there were a lot of people who walked miles every day as a normal part of their job. Think of it as an employee health & fitness benefit!
 
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dhammonds

#22
I agree with everyone else on this topic about the supposed OSHA reg of 7.2 miles is bogus. I work everyday in the safety world and I've never seen the reg and never even heard of it. I have had several people when I worked in the auto industry try and tell me walking from one side of the plant to the other was excessive and unsafe (4.2 million sq.ft.). My response to them was it was healthy for them as long as they stayed in the pedestrian aisles, and watched out for industrial truck traffic. Most agreed. I would find a new consultant, BTW.
 
#23
If I may express a potential dissenting voice. Here in Michigan, we have our own version of OHSA (MIOSHA). Now, I can’t speak for the good folks in KY, but…. It would be wise to check out that part of your state that handles safety. There might be some state level requirement. For that matter, it could be a local regulation, or even a union contract requirement. You might want to check out all of your bases.

Ask the person (people) who are telling you there is a requirement to quote the “shall”.
 
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qualitytrec

#24
If there is no way to improve the process ergonomics then if the employee does not like to walk tell them they could skip, saunter, jog or do a jig so long as the job is done safely, correctly and efficiently and if they do not like that tell them to run and find another job.
There are a great many jobs that require a fair amount of movement, in many places material handlers are very active. It is called work not only because it is a four letter word but because it involves effort.

But some questions for you are, if it was not within some guideline would you be able to fix it? If so then even if it is not against some guideline, can it be corrected without extravigant cost and if so would it bring benefit to the company and/or employee? Employee moral is a significant contributer to efficeincy, and efficeincy is a huge contributer to increased profits.

I have found that it is often helpful to either me or the employee if I spend a half shift doing jobs on the line to get an understanding of its difficulties and how to improve them. On a hand transfer stamping press I worked for a few days on the line to try to balance it with the automated preform. As a result we raised the Wip container 1' and moved both the WIP container and the Finished goods container 2" closer to the operator station and went from 200 per hour to 600 per hour on average. A fresh operator could do 800+ per hour. Oh, we also added a good ergo mat and a fan for the operator because it was easier on the muscles but got the heart rate up. Before the changes the slow down was motion and bending after the changes the slow down was tripping the light curtain if the operator was too motivated.

Just my thoughts,
Mark
 
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dhammonds

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After an overview of the KOSH standards, I have yet to find anything in relation to a max walking distance. If there is something in the local union contract or other collective agreement, it is NOT a standard outside of that agreement. The OP stated their source said it was an OSHA standard which it is not.
 
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Sorin

#26
Just felt compelled to reply :D
In my previous job (was with that company for 7 years as Quality Manager) I walked an average of 14 Km a day.
And to quote a previous post there were unusual circumstances.
 

mattador78

Quite Involved in Discussions
#29
Looking at it ergonomically where possible unnecessary travel could/should be eliminated but i have never heard of a maximum distance? I know the HSE put no upper limit on working temperatures and have a lower limit based on the task being performed but with both of those worker welfare has to be considered.
 
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