Originally Posted by Soulburner
It's not ridiculous when you consider that 25lbs can become a real problem when done repetitively for hours. Especially when someone tries to take shortcuts and twists, bends, etc.
I can see that.
However, I'm unaware of any assembly lines in the building.
The company had over 150k employees world wide, and they applied the same policies everywhere, quite unselectively.
The main effect that I noticed from the 25 lb limit was that they had to stop using 5 gallon jugs in the water coolers, and switch to 3 gallon.
An employee somewhere else in the world got a glove caught in some rotating machinery (a lathe, or similar) and suffered a severe hand injury. Corporate decree: no gloves near rotating equipment. In the plant where I worked, opticians wore latex gloves while making precision optics, to protect the optics as well as their hands. The new rule was unhelpful.
Elsewhere, someone wanted to take an empty steel drum home. He tried to cut the lid off with a oxy-acetylene torch. And found that the drum wasn't empty; it had contained a highly flammable solvent. The vapor exploded. I don't know how badly he was injured, but there was another decree: nothing goes home with employees. The plant is no longer a source of cardboard boxes or bubble wrap. The boxes may have been recycled (not re-used), but the bubble wrap was probably discarded. The shipping department didn't have the space, or inclination, to retain that stuff.
Nothing major here, but the message was: employees can't be trusted to use judgement. The most capable people don't like that sort of paternalism. (I was OK with it; I was never that capable.)
(No, I am not a Libertarian
, or anything similar.)