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Publication date: 16 July 2009

Brendon Stubbs

Mental health staff are at risk of sustaining injury from the application of physical intervention, two recent studies reporting that the risk is almost one in every five…

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Mental health staff are at risk of sustaining injury from the application of physical intervention, two recent studies reporting that the risk is almost one in every five inidents. It is important that health care organisations are proactive in attempting to reduce the injuries to staff from all sources. Current physical intervention training focuses on safeguarding staff from physical assault and little time is dedicated to ensuring that staff use ergonomically safe and efficient body postures while using physical interventions, in spite of the risk of work‐related musculoskeletal disorders. To combat this problem, those in general nursing have produced a variety of risk assessment tools and conducted research on optimal ways of conducting manual handling training so that staff receive optimal uptake and transference of information from training. This article reviews the research in general nursing and analyses it with a view to informing future physical intervention training programmes.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 December 2008

Brendon Stubbs

This paper addresses increasing concern about the physical consequences for both staff and patients following implementation of physical interventions (PI), with…

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This paper addresses increasing concern about the physical consequences for both staff and patients following implementation of physical interventions (PI), with particular attention to injuries to staff and patients. The literature to date suggests that staff have consistently been injured more than patients. Future research is needed to establish clearly what proportion of staff injuries can be attributed to the potential causes outlined in this article.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 10 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 July 2004

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Structural Survey, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-080X

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Publication date: 29 November 2019

Pierre Eric Christian Johansson, Lennart Malmsköld, Åsa Fast-Berglund and Lena Moestam

The purpose of this paper is to describe challenges the manufacturing industry is currently facing when developing future assembly information systems. More specific, this…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe challenges the manufacturing industry is currently facing when developing future assembly information systems. More specific, this paper focuses on the handling of assembly information from manufacturing engineering to the shop floor operators.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple case studies have been conducted within one case company between 2014 and 2017. To broaden the perspective, interviews with additionally 17 large and global manufacturing companies and 3 industry experts have been held. Semi-structured interviews have been the main data collection method alongside observations and web questionnaires.

Findings

Six focus areas have been defined which address important challenges in the manufacturing industry. For manual assembly intense manufacturing company, challenges such as IT challenges, process challenges, assembly process disturbances, information availability, technology and process control, and assembly work instructions have been identified and hinder implementation of Industry 4.0 (I4.0).

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This longitudinal study provides a current state analysis of the challenges the manufacturing industry is facing when handling assembly information. Despite the vast amount of initiatives within I4.0 and digitalization, this paper argues that the manufacturing industry needs to address the six defined focus areas to become more flexible and prepared for the transition toward a digitalized manufacturing industry.

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 31 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-038X

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Publication date: 1 February 1991

John Gattorna, Abby Day and John Hargreaves

Key components of the logistics mix are described in an effort tocreate an understanding of the total logistics concept. Chapters includean introduction to logistics; the…

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Key components of the logistics mix are described in an effort to create an understanding of the total logistics concept. Chapters include an introduction to logistics; the strategic role of logistics, customer service levels, channel relationships, facilities location, transport, inventory management, materials handling, interface with production, purchasing and materials management, estimating demand, order processing, systems performance, leadership and team building, business resource management.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Publication date: 19 October 2012

Vahid Sohrabpour, Daniel Hellström and Marianne Jahre

The purpose of this paper is to explore packaging in developing countries by means of identifying and describing supply chain needs regarding packaging.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore packaging in developing countries by means of identifying and describing supply chain needs regarding packaging.

Design/methodology/approach

The research approach is qualitative and includes an embedded single case study of ambient milk supply chains in developing countries. Data collection is based on the review of internal company documents, semi‐structured interviews with industrial experts and field observations.

Findings

The paper shows that secondary packaging is a vital supply chain component in these countries and that there are extensive interactions between packaging and the supply chain. The findings constitute a list of supply chain needs regarding secondary packaging broken down into categories. Moreover, propositions for managing the supply chain needs and challenges of packaging in developing countries are presented.

Research limitations/implications

In the supply chains investigated, the focus is on the actors from the filling point at the manufacturer to the point of sale at retail stores in the ambient milk sector. To understand general aspects, the authors suggest further studies to test propositions developed in other contexts.

Practical implications

The proposed list of packaging supply chain needs and suggested propositions provides insights into the issues and challenges of packaging as a part of designing and planning supply chains in developing countries and, by implication, in humanitarian supply chains that often (but not always) operate in such environments.

Originality/value

This research complements previous research in the areas of packaging and supply chain management by exploring supply chain needs regarding packaging in developing countries. It extends the traditional perspective of humanitarian logistics by linking supply chain thinking in developing countries to long‐term development and disaster relief logistics.

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Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-6747

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

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Work Study, vol. 48 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Publication date: 29 November 2021

Ebru Yazgan, Necmettin Firat Ozkan and Berna Haktanirlar Ulutas

Aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) is the most critical profession in the aircraft maintenance system. The tasks of a licensed AMT require expertise and involve…

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Purpose

Aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) is the most critical profession in the aircraft maintenance system. The tasks of a licensed AMT require expertise and involve repetitive physical tasks such as tightening or loosening aircraft parts, carrying or removing parts during long working hours under time pressure and day/night shifts. This study aims to attract attention to the difficult working conditions of AMTs and identify the body parts that are at risk of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire is developed by the authors to gather demographic information, use of hand tools, equipment, use of fall protection, manual material handling (lifting, pushing, pulling), load weight, environmental factors, and MSD discomfort level perceptions. The questionnaire is applied to 150 AMTs during six months period, and the obtained data are analyzed by sequential ordinal logistic regression (OLR) models.

Findings

The ORL results confirm that the use of equipment (lift platform, scissors lift), safety belt attached to the platform, manual material handling, environmental factors (humidity, vibration and illumination) and resting periods have a significant effect on MSD risks. On the contrary, age, experience level, use of small hand tools, temperature and noise are not identified as statistically significant.

Originality/value

The study is original for it considers the working conditions and perceived discomfort levels of AMTs. A questionnaire is introduced to assess the consequences of the use of tools, equipment, fall protection equipment, environmental conditions and work organization on various body parts (neck, shoulder, elbow, back, lower back, wrist-hand, hip, knee, and ankle-feet), and strain level is identified. The study contributes to the theoretical aircraft maintenance literature and managers in practice.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1748-8842

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Publication date: 1 August 1997

Santhanam Harit, G. Don Taylor and C. Ray Asfahl

Describes a user‐friendly decision support tool to select near optimal containers for specific manufacturing scenarios relative to all the constraints associated with the…

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Describes a user‐friendly decision support tool to select near optimal containers for specific manufacturing scenarios relative to all the constraints associated with the use of the container. Guides the user through a dialogue to input constraints and scenario‐specific information. Shows how the decision support tool iterates between an expert system and a simulation model, to produce a near optimal container with respect to internal and external dimensional requirements. Explains the methods by which the system is tested and validated in a realistic environment. Discusses future research directions.

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Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 8 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6061

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Publication date: 1 February 1990

J.A. WHITE

World‐class warehousing is examined and 10 dimensions for measuring world‐class performance are identified. For each measure, criteria for assigning world‐class ‘scores…

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World‐class warehousing is examined and 10 dimensions for measuring world‐class performance are identified. For each measure, criteria for assigning world‐class ‘scores’ are provided. For a firm to be judged to be world‐class, it will have to perform well across all 10 dimensions.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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