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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-096-973, Dart Industries, Inc., Jerome, Idaho.

Authors
Badger-DW
Source
NIOSH 1981 Oct:12 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00119726
Abstract
Complaints of musculoskeletal system disorders were investigated on August 25, 1980 among workers at Dart Industries, Incorporated (SIC- 2841) in Jerome, Idaho. The investigation was requested by the Idaho Area Office of OSHA on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Job operations were observed and photographs were taken for ergonomic evaluation. Interviews with the management revealed that several job redesign changes had been implemented in 1978 in an effort to reduce worker complaints of muscle soreness and weakness. The general workplace areas were clean, well lit, quiet, and thermally comfortable. Ergonomic design in the molding operations area was adequate, however, several problems were identified in the packaging operations area, including excessive reach distances, finger extension, and wrist hyperflexion. The author concludes that musculoskeletal system complaints among packing operations workers are due to job design deficiencies and to the repetitive nature of the work. Recommendations are made to evaluate packing operations ergonomics and to monitor musculoskeletal complaints among the workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-096-973; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-7; Muscular-system; Skeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Ergonomics; Industrial-equipment; Worker-health;
Publication Date
19811001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-162404
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-80-096-973
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2841;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 pages, 6 references
State
ID; OH;
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