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September 10th, 2015

New Video Series: The Bottom Line

We’re excited to announce a new video series entitled, “The Bottom Line.” Each month, Managing Director and Certified Professional Ergonomist, Blake McGowan, will summarize current scientific research on ergonomics into a simple message that you can immediately apply to your workplace.

The optimal distance for palletizing is the first installment in this series. McGowan summarizes a 2014 study conducted by Steven Lavender and his colleagues from Ohio State University. They determined the optimal distance between a workstation (origin) and a pallet (destination) to minimize back twisting during loading tasks. For the “bottom line”, watch the video.


Mehta JP1, Kim TH, Weiler MR, Lavender SA (2014). Effects of transfer distance on spine kinematics for de-palletizing tasks. J Occup Environ Hyg. 11(1):1-8.