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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-109-974, Metalbestos Systems Inc., Nampa, Idaho.

Authors
Badger-DW
Source
NIOSH 1981 Oct:14 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00119725
Abstract
Complaints of musculoskeletal system disorders were investigated on August 26, 1980 among workers at Metalbestos Systems, Incorporated (SIC-3444) in Nampa, Idaho. The investigation was requested by the Idaho Area Office of OSHA on behalf of about 200 employees. Job operations were observed and records of earlier employee interviews were reviewed. Company safety and medical personnel were interviewed. No obvious hazards were seen during inspection of the facility. Several ergonomic problems were identified at the various work stations, including designs that required wrist hyperflexion, forceful exertions of hands and wrists, excessive reach and shoulder extension. Review of employee records revealed six cases of carpal tunnel syndrome that required surgical treatment, and musculoskeletal system complaints reported by 31 women and 2 men. The author concludes that the workers' complaints are due to job design deficiencies and to the repetitive nature of the tasks. Recommendations are included for worker education and job redesign.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-109-974; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-7; Skeletal-system; Muscular-system; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-safety; Physical-exercise; Clinical-symptoms; Work-practices; Physical-stress; Control-methods;
Publication Date
19811001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-157933
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-80-109-974
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3444;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages, 6 references
State
ID; OH;
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