It is a plain and simple fact that work should not hurt. But the reality is that almost all industries have tasks that can cause the worker or operator to have repetitive motions that can eventually become a pain in the neck - back, shoulder, wrist or ankle for that matter. Back in October of 2003 that Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) founded the month of October as the official National Ergonomics Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issue and help promote the cause to improve product designs to lessen the negative impact on humans.
The material handling industry by its very nature of moving heavy products around is at the center of products in continuous need for ergonomic improvements. Whether we are talking about forklifts, narrow aisle equipment, aerial platforms or other material handling equipment operator comfort helps reduce stress, strain and fatigue. Which in turn helps increase productivity and safety throughout the operator shift.