Ergonomics done right.®
May 16th, 2008

On the floor? Here’s what to look for…


Jon Miller (Gemba Panta Rei) reminds us that "what you find on the floor tells you a lot". In fact, lean challenges aren’t the only thing you’ll find.

By opening your view to observe not only space (floor) and inanimate objects (wheels, Ohno circles, debris, etc.) but also to the people performing the tasks, you’ll get a much better sense of the barriers to higher productivity. After all, people are the sole source of productivity.

What are you looking for?

  • Excessive reaches
  • Bending and twisting
  • frequent movements that bring people out of their comfortable reach area (30 inches)

It will become evident that lack of casters on carts, materials stored on the floor, obstacles like equipment and debris, and no Ohno circles are often the root cause of their non-value added motions and exposure to injury risk factors (musculoskeletal disorders).

So, what are you waiting for…hit the floor!

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