Most countries have specific safety regulations which are put in place so as to protect workers from excessive or any dangerous manual handling. It is the responsibility of the employer to be aware of all these necessary regulations and also to make sure that he or she has implemented the measures to reduce any risk of injuries among the workers.
Loading and unloading of sea containers always involve a big number of manual handling activities which include the following: Delivery of the items to a specific sea container carrying it from a given warehouse or some storage areas for loading to begin. It may also involve the transportation of containers from the rear of the sea container. Other manual activities include stacking all the containers that can be portable in the sea container and also a removal of the stacks that are in a sea container.
Workers who carry out any of the mentioned activities are at a very high risk of sustaining MSD injuries gotten through actions such as repetitive heavy lifting, awkward postures, and sustained the movement, for example, carrying of items in and out of the
Mechanical aids like the telescopic boom conveyors can significantly make a big reduction on the manual handling that is required and at the same time reduces all the associated risks of workers sustaining MSDs according to The machines would allow ports to be able to load and unload sea containers much more efficiently, which would then lead to a quicker cargo ship turnaround, and at the end of it all significantly increase the cost savings, and also create a short payback period.
A Fixed telescopic boom conveyor stays in one specific position and is not easily moved. This is very ideal for loading of docks, especially in very busy ports. They can be able to extend into sea containers and then transport all items on some powered belts or rollers up to an operator who would then do the loading. While the container fills, the operators would retract the boom and then adjust its height to maintain the required ergonomic working positions. Travel direction of the boom conveyor is reversible. This is good as it allows both loading and also unloading of the containers.