06/02/2008

New Health Hazard Evaluation Report for the Manufacturing Sector: Evaluation of potential ergonomic hazards

The US-American Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program responded to a
management request at a cabinet mill and assembly plant. The request concerned
potential musculoskeletal hazards resulting from job tasks.

The investigators found that workers use high force, awkward postures, and repetitive motions,
all of which increase their risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders. Most
of the reported injuries were musculoskeletal disorders involving the upper
extremities. HHE program investigators recommended that managers provide
adjustable tables and carts to reduce the physical stresses that employees
endure during work practices. Investigators also recommended that the facility
consider improving tool design to reduce vibration and to decrease the force
required to handle and operate tools effectively. The final report is
available.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health