Until Automation Does It All – Do Something Now to Protect Workers

Presenter: Jim Galante, director of business development, Southworth Products Corp.

The overall labor shortage, aging, obesity, high WO costs, coupled with the obstacles of moving to full automation for material handling tasks make this an intriguing presentation. There are many illustrated examples of how to improve the workplace until automation does it all.

Jim Galante is the chairman for the EASE Council (Ergonomics Assist and Systems Equipment) of the MHI (Material Handling Industry). He is also the director of business development for Southworth Products Corp. Galante has 52 years of experience in the material handling industry. He has worked with and visited hundreds of facilities to conduct material handling task evaluations. He was the principle editor of the Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling. This major, internationally recognized publication defines the problems and presents the solutions to solve the No. 1 cause of worker injury in the workplace. Galante has trained over 3,000 sales professionals, written numerous articles as well as conducted many symposiums, seminars, workshops and tutorials on the practical application of material handling devices for the improvements of productivity, safety and ergonomics in industry.

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