Q: What kind of maintenance do utility cart casters and wheels need?
A: Many manufacturers recommend regular preventive maintenance for utility cart casters and wheels, typically including steps such as these:
Consult the caster manufacturer for more maintenance procedures.
Q: What's the best height for a utility cart handle?
A: There's no single best handle height that will work for every person in every situation. A person's ideal grip will likely change depending on their height and how they're maneuvering the cart—whether they're pushing or pulling it, for example. Research published in Safety and Heath at Work recommends that handles should allow for a variety of grip positions between a person's hip and shoulder height.
Q: Is it better to push or to pull a cart?
A: Pushing is sometimes recommended as a better alternative to pulling when both are possible. For example, an OSHA ergonomics e-tool for electrical contractors recommends that pulling be avoided when possible. However, in 2017, researchers reviewed many studies and found that there's evidence to support a preference for either pushing or pulling, depending on which strain factor is being focused on. In other words, pushing and pulling put different kinds of strain on the muscles and joints, and there isn't enough evidence to support a blanket preference for one over the other
Q: What factors influence how difficult it is to push or pull a cart?
A: The weight of the load has the biggest influence on how physically taxing it is to push or pull a cart, but there are other factors to consider:
Changes in any of these areas can help improve the overall ergonomic design of the work.
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