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Physical demands - grocery store worker - dairy section (merchandising)

Note

Please note these images are for illustrative purposes only to provide a basic understanding of the tasks involved for this job. They do not necessarily represent compliant or best practice safe work.

Description of photos (below)

  • To merchandise the shelves on the shop floor, dairy goods were transferred by pallet jack as described above, or flat top trolley (photo 7-8). For a typical flat-top trolley load, push/pull forces were ~5kg. Handle was at waist height.
  • The dairy items were distributed to the milk cabinet (photos 15-17) of the dairy cabinet (photo 8, 10-12) for all other yoghurts, cheese, cream etc. Cartons were opened with a retractable blade, goods removed and cartons broken down.
  • The dairy cabinet shelves were 500mm deep and up to 1900mm high. The required postures are seen in photos 10-12, between shoulder flexion <135o to top shelves for items weighing <1kg, to truncal stooping and reaching in mid-range and squatting or bending to lowest shelves.
  • The milk cabinet was not as tall; top shelf at 1700mm, shoulder flexion <135o for weights <1kg. Heavier items were stored lower.
  • Typical grip types are seen in photos 13-14.

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8. Using flat-top trolley to transfer stock from cool room to shop
9. Cutting open cartons using retractable blade knife
10. Merchandising top shelves without safety step
11. Merchandising top shelves with safety step
12. Merchandising bottom shelves
13. Typical grips for 1 litre milk cartons
14. Typical grips for 2-3 litre milk cartons
15. Typical grips for 600ml milk cartons
16. Filling shelves from the crate
17. Placing milk cartons on the top shelf