Magline Helps Manufacturers Face Aging Workforce and Implications for Productivity and Safety

Standish, MI, March 28, 2015 --( Delivering Excellence newsletter, sponsored by Magline, is reporting weekly how demographic trends are changing the growth of various programs and organizations. The physical, cognitive, and health-related changes with an aging workforce; manufacturing leaders must be aware of these factors to ensure productivity and safety of their employees. According to the National Health Interview Survey (CDC, 2014), only 44.2% of persons age 65 and older report excellent or very good health, compared to 64.5% for adults age 18 to 64.

About 25% of strength is lost over the adult lifespan. This is at best a simplification as significant variations exist across individuals. Exercise, habitual activity and genetic endowment all play a role in how much or how little strength changes with age.

The changes to the spine includes shrinkage of the intervertebral disks, reduction in the range of spinal motion, narrowing of the facet joints, and a reduced ability to bear loads and absorb shock. An inch of height may be lost from age 20 to age 60.

Joint flexibility and range of motion show decreases with age. The neck and the trunk show the most decrease. While these findings are largely from cross-sectional population studies, changes in active workers due to the effects of age lack documentation.

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About Magline
Magline, Inc. ( manufactures a complete line of innovative lightweight route distribution solutions under the Magliner brand. Named one of the Great Supply Chain Projects according to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Magliner solutions are used in the beer, soft drink, food service, parcel delivery, home healthcare, and other distribution industries. Magline also offers implementation consulting and solutions for reducing service times and eliminating waste during deliveries. Magline is at the forefront of developing products that address the unique material handling requirements from distribution centers to delivery. Magline is the leader in hand trucks worldwide and has a strong dealer base in various regions domestically, as well as internationally. Magline was named a finalist in the MHI Innovation Award. Follow Magline on Twitter at @MaglineInc.

Magline, Inc.
Andrea Horner
Vice President of Marketing
800-344-3646 x 209
Magline, Inc.
Andrea Horner